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Parents' Guide to

The Bay

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Fake docu about disturbingly believable gory disaster.

Movie R 2012 84 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+


Solid film. Somewhat believable. Gross but told very skillfully.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 18+

Spine tingling Eco thriller.

This "found footage" documentary has a lot of disturbing, disgusting content & some gore. It might not be entirely engaging, but it's thrilling at parts. Certainly terrifying & very thought provoking.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Oren Peli, the crafty creator and producer of the Paranormal Activity movies brings us THE BAY, with -- surprisingly -- Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson at the helm. Fortunately, Levinson appears very passionate about the movie's frightening environmental message, and it recalls the vicious satire of his Wag the Dog. But at the same time, The Bay's message is presented within the context of thrills and scares, making it much less preachy than it could have been.

Unlike the set-ups of many other fake documentary horror films, Donna's character actually gives The Bay a reason to exist; this isn't just footage that was "mysteriously" found or shot without any good reason. The combination of different kinds of footage fits together well, and several recognizable characters emerge, even if none of them (aside from Donna) is particularly three-dimensional. Overall, Levinson does a commendable job of conjuring up squirm-inducing moments and horrifying tension.

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