The Craft

Movie review by
Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Campy teen witch thriller more violent than fun.
  • R
  • 1996
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

There's lots of revenge and cruelty on all sides.

Positive Role Models & Representations

One character abuses Rochelle because she's black, saying, "I don't like negroids." 


A lot of imagined and "real" violence: People are stabbed repeatedly, electrocuted, almost raped, and fall from windows and die. A man gets hit by a truck (his head and body are visible under the tires), and a married couple has a physical fight. Sarah tried to slit her wrists and has scars from it. Bonnie experiences a painful medical procedure involving a large needle. The girls all prick their fingers and put blood in a cup along with wine.


Lots of talk about getting laid and veiled references to STDs. Sarah kisses Chris and later he spreads a rumor about her being bad in bed even though they didn't have sex. Nancy masquerades as Sarah and has sex with Chris. Bonnie sits shirtless covered by a blanket. Only her back is exposed.


Some swearing, including "hell," "bitch," "asshole," "s--t," "f--k," and "ass."


A bus has an ad for Benetton. The girls watch an episode of Bewitched.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

All the teens drink beer and liquor and smoke lots of cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this teen Wiccan movie with attractive stars is really about violence and revenge. Several of the characters die graphically, are threatened with death, or are the subject of a death plot. One character is almost raped on-screen. The film also depicts one family with alcoholic, abusive parents. Wiccan and occult practices, real and imagined, are on display in a way that may seem cool to teens. Also, even though this looks like a girl-power movie, it's quite the opposite. It makes it look like the girls are to blame for the things they've been through -- the moral that what you do comes back 10-fold seems to indicate that they should just shut up and take whatever happens to them.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySirenStar November 4, 2011

Great movie, mature themes.

Yes, there are drugs, drinking, sexual content, and violence in this movie. I rated it 14 and up because, unless the kid is home-schooled, every 14 year old has... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 and 11-year-old Written byMattmchugh October 22, 2012

Good scary movie for teens... R rating seems way over the top

I'm not sure how this movie rates a R. There's some violence, but no excessive gore; some profanity, but relatively sparse; sexual content, though not... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byfamily-movie-help March 16, 2014

rating family

it is a realy good movie and not to bad
Kid, 11 years old May 12, 2013

PG-13 not R

The craft is a good movie.while it has some iffy stuff in it like one F word and mild cussing.The violence is kinda intense but not a lot of blood.The movie onl... Continue reading

What's the story?

This is a sinister tale of teenage power and witchcraft. Sarah (Robin Tunney) is new to St. Benedict's Academy in L.A. and looking for friends when Bonnie (Neve Campbell) decides she's the perfect choice for her witch's coven. Soon, Sarah, Bonnie, Rochelle (Rachel True) and ringleader Nancy (Fairuza Balk) are casting spells to get even with their high school nemeses. But their spells begin backfiring in dangerous and disturbing ways, and Sarah, the only "natural witch" in the bunch, must protect herself and those she loves from this power she's unleashed.

Is it any good?

What's odd about this chilling and ominous tale is its sneaking moral. It's supposed to warn girls against resentment and revenge, encouraging them to "do unto others as they would have done unto them," as Wiccan mentor Lirio (Assumpta Serna) says. That's all well and good, but there's also a blame-the-victim mentality here. So they'll get back what they have sown three-fold. Does that mean that Sarah deserves to be raped? Does that mean that Nancy, arguably the most damaged from an abusive childhood, deserves to be locked up? Does the epic battle between Nancy and Sarah really mean that there can only be one Queen Bee, one mean girl? Should they have stood up for themselves in some other way, or simply acquiesced to the abuse around them? These are questions teen viewers should consider.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about religion: Some consider Wicca to be a way to worship the Earth. What do you think? How does it compare with other conventional religions?

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