The Accountant

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

age 17+

Heavy violence, language in tale of killer with autism.

R 2016 128 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 19 reviews

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age 18+

Finally, A Badass Hero on the Autism Spectrum. It's About Damn Time!

I will admit, I'm not a fan of the whole savant thing (most of us on the spectrum are not savants), but I still like the idea of someone with autism/Asperger's being portrayed as a badass hero who doesn't take crap from anyone. And to all the people complaining about the movie portraying an autistic person as violent, don't overthink or overanalyze stuff and just love the movie for what it is. Besides, his training as a kid and what he himself chooses to do as a person is why he's a hitman, not his diagnosis. A great man once said, "It is not our abilities that show who we truly are, it is our choices." Ben Affleck nailed this role. It's definitely one of his better roles for sure. His one role in "Daredevil" had a similar concept (only in that movie he was blind instead of autistic), but this movie just does it better. The rest of the cast did really good, too. I also like the twist at the end when we find out who's been helping Chris with his missions. It was actually somewhat sweet and uplifting. Overall, a fairly good movie. Is it the best movie ever? No, of course not. But I love the movie's message and the Autism pride and empowerment it brings to us. Seriously, we need more movies like this. Maybe next time when they come out with another form of autistic or Asperger's hero, maybe try not to make them a savant. That's not necessarily an essential character trait.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 16+

An educational and entertaining portrayal of autism

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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