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

age 17+

Stylish but gruesomely violent thriller riffs on Hitchcock.

R 2013 98 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 16+

Dark psychological thriller too intense and complex for younger viewers. 17+

Stoker is literally one of the best films of 2013, mainly because they made the cinematography, setting, and plot quite simplified and subtle yet with a mesmerizing, incoherent, and slightly Gothic tone, which makes this film very intriguing and fascinating to watch yet compelled by the brilliant acting, scenery, and the overall dark tone which makes it more thought provoking. I'm not including any details of the story (potential spoilers), but Stoker is generally about an introverted and shy teenage girl who tries to adjust to life after her beloved fathers sudden death, until her mother introduces her to her mysterious and shady uncle Charlie. Stoker is not for everyone, because the mature themes and subject matter it deals with can be disturbing and unsettling for most viewers, especially a graphic murder sequence, bullying at school escalating to a confrontation, attempted rape, and a scene of masturbation combined with nudity.

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age 16+

Didn't like it.

Okay, I tried watching this movie twice. The first time I could only get about half way through. I watched it all the second time and happened to get through it all...very very very slow movie. At first it seems like a strange story, but it does add up and make sense. I do like the storyline, however, it was just way too slow moving. Actors did an amazing job, so I rated it two stars. Mia Wasikowska is a fantastic young actress. I'd recommend a one time watch, but I personally wouldn't watch this film again. Language is not a problem, a couple name calling words. Sexual content has some nudity (not sure why people are saying too much nudity? There's only one semi-scene in a shower!) also some sexual innuendo, a man gropes a woman, a sensual piano playing session, a female masturbation scene (not bad) and some kissing. Violence is gory, some murders occur, the face of a dead body is seen in a freezer, pencil stabbings, kicking and strangling, some bullying. No smoking or drug use at all, just some drinking. Not for kids under 16!

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