Parents' Guide to

The Courier

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Intense Cold War thriller has courage, torture, smoking.

Movie PG-13 2021 111 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

This movie is BRILLIANT

This movie is great but has violence but it is not to bad and great for people who love slow movies like Intersteller! Violence: The violence is not to bad, the main bits of violence is a person being poisoned but is only referenced, Also contains a person being shot who works for the Russians, But all you see is the guy cuffed to a cop and as soon as he shoots it shows the shadow of the guy being shot by a cop on the shadow you see a guy fall down then after the builds up and then ends and continues with the rest of the movie. Language: Contains 1 F bomb that is muffled, s words and british slang words like bloody. Smoking: The main character sometimes has a cigar in his mouth. The main character clangs a glass of wine while son watches. Inappropriate:Wife and husband in bed together when he gets up and goes and has breakfast.

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An impressive second feature from director Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach), this Cold War spy thriller thrives in the intensity that so often derives from undercover-based narratives. The Courier also boasts a brilliant central performance by Cumberbatch, in one of his finest roles for some time. Jessie Buckley, who plays Wynne's wife, Sheila, also continues to mark her status as one of the most talented young performers around.

There is a pensive quality to this film, and perhaps it takes a little while to generate excitement and heat. But while it lacks the same dramatic punch that comes with films such as Argo, there is still enough unwavering suspense to keep the audience gripped throughout. The patient viewer will also be rewarded with a fantastic final act.

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