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Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Powerful, intense film about Boston church abuse scandal.

R 2015 128 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 12+

A Powerful Film

This is what kids should watch. This is important, moving, rage-inducing, and heartbreaking, but it tells the facts as presented. Kids NEED to know about this, about what these men did, how the Catholic Church let them get away with it, and how the men at the top were never punished.

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Great messages
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age 13+

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