Father and child sit together smiling while looking at a smart phone.

Want more recommendations for your family?

Sign up for our weekly newsletter for entertainment inspiration

Parents' Guide to


By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Eye-opening drama about equality raises big questions.

Movie PG-13 2015 106 minutes
Suffragette Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 13+
This film portrayed the realities of a woman's life in the early twentieth century. Although, there are a few disturbing and violent scenes such as women being trampled by police, a woman being killed by a horse, and a scene of force-feeding. There is also a part for about ten seconds where a young girl gets sexually abused by an older man.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 15+

Important Reminder

Very good telling of the struggle and violence women had to undergo to gain rights we now take for granted. Sad that there was only one good man in evidence.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (9 ):

This movie paints an eye-opening picture of what life was like for women before the actions of those like Maud and her friends turned the tide toward equality. It's unfathomable to realize that, in addition to being denied the vote entirely until 1918, British women also didn't have any legal rights over their children until the mid-1920s (a fact that underlines one of the film's most agonizing scenes). The desperation that drove these women is clear, and it's impossible not to sympathize with them and applaud their convictions.

But while it's understandable that Mrs. Pankhurst and her disciples felt driven to militant extremes -- characters say repeatedly that no one listened to them when they tried more peaceful methods -- the fact that their approach boils down to "vandalism, violence, martyrdom, and giving up literally everything in your life is worth it for the right cause" is tricky. More than 100 years down the line, we have the historical perspective to understand that, in this case, making change required rocking the boat, hard. But violent civil disobedience and total self-sacrifice aren't always the right answers, a fact that hopefully won't be lost on those watching Suffragette.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate