The Crucible

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
The Crucible Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 14+

Plodding film based on play has mature themes, sex, violence

PG-13 1996 124 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 3 reviews

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.

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 18+

Great acting

Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder and the rest of the list gave incredible performances. If you're unfamiliar with what the story is actually representing, the crucible is an allegory for the red scare; and watching it with that context in mind, it is so much more enjoyable.
age 12+


Excellent acting and direction. Exposes the dangers of ignorance and mob mentality. Although a fictional story, it is close to the shocking events that adds to the king list of dark and evil events that shaped the USA. This sort of abject ignorance and sense of entitlement still exists in many states in the south. A great way to show kids how not to act towards other human beings. Very relevant for modern USA

This title has:

Great messages

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of a map and jug
    See all

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