Split

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

age 14+

Teen girls in danger in smart, satisfying, scary thriller.

PG-13 2017 116 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 38 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 65 reviews

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age 14+

An outstanding film with incredible acting but it's very important not to let any kid under 14 watch it.

This film is a psychological horror about a man with DID (disassociated identity disorder) who abducts 3 teenage girls. It is very disturbing especially for kids who don't understand mental disorders. The films is amazing by itself but they do view the condition in a negative way and the present it as though people with DID are dangerous when this is far from the truth. Much like schizophrenia, people who have DID are only a danger to themselves and very very rarely hurt other people. The reason I have said a 14 year old can watch it is because it's not very scary as a horror film it's just not very pleasant to watch someone who has been abducted and it may leave viewers scared of this as abduction does happen. The films also contains sexual assault with one of the girls being abused by her uncle which is separate to the abduction story and young people will also find that unsettling. This film is amazing with the incredible actor James Mcavoy portraying the characters perfectly so it is a must watch for adults who like this sort of film.

This title has:

Too much violence
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age 18+

Adults only

It’s absurd to think a 13 year olds should watch this. I’m 48 and too scared to get off the couch right now. It’s not a good scared. It’s an oh no the world is full of horrible people scared. Maybe not people with split personalities, that part seems far-fetched, but just plain evil people. Watching a guy eat girls alive and raw? Sick. Not for kids or teens IMO. I used to live in Philadelphia and know the area well. While we were there, a woman was found in west philly, not far from the zoo, locked in a shipping container by some evil man. This is just too realistic in terms of the kidnapping and violence for kids. It’s not like “stranger things” violence, which is supernatural. This kind of thing - stealing, locking up and killing girls - is too real to be entertainment. If you’re an adult, sure, watch it. The actor playing Kevin was incredible. But don’t show your teens.

This title has:

Too much violence

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