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Parents' Guide to

Season of the Witch

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dull fantasy mixes violence, questions of spirituality.

Movie PG-13 2011 113 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 16+

Not worth it

My husband and I watched this movie last night and turned it off. This movie should have been rated R. A lot of graphic scenes with the black plague & demonic beings. Use caution if watching with a child.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 14+

Okay movie, but for a more mature audience.

This movie is not appropriate for children and when viewing this movie, make sure you know the maturity level of your children. If they are interested in seeing it, it is important to keep in mind how they will react to various scenes. This might be one for you to watch before they do and decide from there.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (30 ):

Directed by Dominic Sena, SEASON OF THE WITCH suffers from a general laziness. The action scenes are predictably shaky and awkward, the horror scenes are full of the usual CGI effects, and the period detail is often compromised for modern thrills (i.e. the characters head-butt each other during sword fights). Most of the actors simply look uncomfortable, suffering in their period costumes and period dialogue -- all except Perlman, who almost always looks like he's having a good time.

The long setup is dull, but the road trip itself actually has some strong sequences, notably the crossing of a creaky, rotting old bridge. But Sena and screenwriter Bragi F. Schut try to end their tale with a big surprise, and their logic falls flat. On the upside, there are some interesting details on the Black Plague and witch trials of the 14th century, so it's not a total loss.

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