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By Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Grim, slick, shocking thriller. Older teens only.

Movie R 1995 127 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 15+

"What's in the box?!"

age 12+

Become vengeance, David, become wrath.

Great movie well done directed from Fincher. It isn’t too serious and can have some light hearted moments such as the funny dinner scene. It also has great but brutal murders, amazing cinematography, great acting, and atmosphere.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (63 ):

Dark, disturbing and occasionally gory, Seven is a psychological thriller that, along with Chinatown, is among the bleakest films in mainstream cinema history.

The murders are not shown on screen, but the film has a morbid fascination with the pain inflicted on the victims. And it depicts a dark universe, where the lines between good and evil are blurred. There's no question that it aims to be more philosophical than other detective/horror films (namely The Silence of the Lambs). Attempts at deeper meaning might be pretentious or profound, depending on how serious you can take Brad Pitt as an actor.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 1, 1995
  • On DVD or streaming: June 7, 2001
  • Cast: Brad Pitt , Gwyneth Paltrow , Morgan Freeman
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 127 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: grisly afterviews of horrific and bizarre killings, and for strong language.
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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