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Parents' Guide to

The Devil All the Time

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gripping drama has disturbing violence, sex, language.

Movie R 2020 139 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

Very great but not recommended for younger or innocent teens and childrenit

although it is a great movie there is a lot of violence, gore, and sex. while teens these days are exposed to stuff like this I would recommend keeping this movie away from innocent teens and children. really great movie for mature folks.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

Very good. Not for kids under 15

When me and my friends went to see this (we are all 21) we loved it but there was a lot of death gore and it was very graphic. I don't think it is suitable for kids under 15 because there is sex and gore in it. Not seen anything this good before though and its a good twist from what ive seen Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson in before. I will defiantly say adults watch before you show kids.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (34 ):

As much as you want to be repelled by the depraved characters and relentless violence, this film manages to keep you curious. Maybe more impressively, The Devil All the Time makes you care for some of the broken souls inhabiting its two map-speck towns. This is no easy feat. The well-known international cast pulls off playing evil while hinting at the weaknesses and trauma fueling their characters' actions, forcing you to grapple with comprehending characters even as they make appalling, morally questionable choices. At well over two hours long, the film could have done this even better by cutting out a couple of the less-developed stories -- for example, the corrupt sheriff's dealings with a mistress and local crime bosses.

Director Antonio Campos seems fascinated by the darkest side of human nature, but he has set the film to a blend of period gospel, folk, country, and other music that keeps the mood from feeling as miserable as the stories warrant. Adapted from the novel (often labeled "hillbilly gothic") by Donald Ray Pollock, who narrates the film, Devil is set in the gloomy borderlands between West Virginia and Ohio between 1957 and 1965. This location and between-war period is characterized in the film by financial and spiritual poverty. Still, there are no easy moral lessons here, no heroes, and few characters or themes painted in black and white. It won't be for everyone, but given a chance, Devil could surprise more than a few initially reluctant viewers.

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