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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Slow but thoughtful, mature character-based thriller.

Movie R 2018 104 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 18+


I finally shut it off with having watched two disgusting oral sex scenes and then have another sex scene just one explicit sex scene after another . A respectable actress or actor would not do these naked scenes . It is a light porn movie, It just seemed to revolve around adultery and sex. I thought the plot sounded interesting. This is not for anybody unless you want a light porn movie. I'm sick of Hollywood trying to pass off porn as a movie . BORING
age 18+

Awful movie

I rented this because Keanu Reeves was in it. I was very disappointed and didn't watch the whole movie. It was very sexually explicit and honestly shouldn't be viewed by anyone under 21. The story line was flat and boring and had lots of subtitles. Don't waste your time or money.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Slow but intelligent, moody, and mature, this thriller isn't exactly thrilling, yet it's hypnotic in the way it zooms in on little messy, unexpected human behaviors. It's all about the gray areas. Written by the talented Scott B. Smith (A Simple Plan, The Ruins), Siberia has the advantage of plunking viewers right in the middle of a story that's been going on for a while; in that way, it's a little like spy movies from the 1960s and '70s. Lucas Hill -- played by Reeves at his reassuring, man-of-few-words best -- is a longtime veteran, an expert at his job. As he deftly handles guns or assembles untraceable, disposable phones, his blank expression could mean anything. It's fascinating to watch him to find out more.

Moreover, the character of Katya is more than just a tacked-on romantic interest. Her relationship with Lucas is deliberately weighted with danger and guilt and feeds directly into the story. Director Matthew Ross uses the same patient, thoughtful approach he brought to his fine Frank & Lola; he's more interested in what makes these characters tick than in who gets the diamonds or wins the shoot-out. As in that movie, Ross seems drawn to interactions between two characters in foreign spaces. The Russian locales are especially effective, with St. Petersburg as the grayish, modern half of the story and Siberia as the freezing wilderness. A snowy climax in the woods has the power to leave viewers chilled to the bone.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 13, 2018
  • On DVD or streaming: September 18, 2018
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves , Ana Ularu , Molly Ringwald
  • Director: Matthew Ross
  • Inclusion Information: Asian actors, Polynesian/Pacific Islander actors, Female actors
  • Studio: Saban Films
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 104 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence and drug use
  • Last updated: September 17, 2023

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