Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Scary but very entertaining movie based on classic books.

PG-13 2019 111 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 94 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Not that scary

I was a bit dissapointed about this movie, thought it would be scarier. Works for older kids who likes spooky movies, good for halloween.

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Too much violence
2 people found this helpful.
age 12+

want to read :(

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1 person found this helpful.

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