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Parents' Guide to

Strangers on a Train

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Classic nail-biter is a must for thriller fans.

Movie PG 1951 103 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 17+

Scary/classic film is fine

R: an intense moment
age 12+

Strangers on a Train

A fantastic thriller, and a Hitchcock classic.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (9 ):

In the hands of a less-competent director, the story might not have amounted to much, but Hitchcock builds the suspense relentlessly, almost sickeningly. That's why they call him the master.

This adaptation devotes slightly more screen time to Bruno's Liberace-like flamboyance, giving that fateful meeting with Guy on the train a vague air of flirtation. Parents concerned about homoerotic content need not be; it's presented discreetly, merely as a character trait. There's no great moral to be found here ("Crime doesn't pay" is stretching it a little). This is just solid nail-nibbling entertainment for those who enjoy stylish, well-crafted suspense.

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