Parents' Guide to

The Debt

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

A secret's consequences play out in intense spy film.

Movie R 2011 104 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

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It would have been an excellent movie if the younger characters looked liked their older characters. David young character looks IDENTICAL to Stephan as an older man. Stephan young character looked like David when he was older. If what I'm saying makes no sense, this is indicative of the characters appearances in the movie. Backwards...even with height. It's like the producers realized the character flaws but decided to go with it to make it interesting. Not...a big negative review as well. Simply confusing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (6):

THE DEBT isn't a perfect movie. The plot is leaky, with a central event -- the botching of a carefully laid-out plan -- left fuzzy around the edges. A supremely intriguing romantic triangle is also told in overly broad strokes, leaving so much potential by the wayside. Yet, The Debt is still a masterful film that recalls the suspense and intelligence of decades-old thrillers (the original Taking of Pelham 123, The French Connection, and Dog Day Afternoon, to name a few).

It relies on the basics: a smart (holes aside) script, sharp actors, taut pacing, the works. (Mirren is as flawless as ever, but it's Chastain who stands out, exuding gravity, melancholy, and determination, sometimes all at once.) Plus it has an emotional core that compels the audience to watch and care: What will happen to these three? What did happen after all?

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