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Parents' Guide to

The Divide

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Grim, unpleasant, gruesome nuclear holocaust thriller.

Movie R 2012 121 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Although realistic it's despicable

Movie includes graphic sexual depravity& language including brutal rape. It's what would happen if you had the most evil of people trapped in 1 room. 7 men 2 women. Use your imagination there. Disgusting language, scenes of sexual depravity at its worst, rape, torture and plain evil. Not to mention stupid.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 18+


I normally like post apocalyptic movies, but this was awful. It is filled with extreme violence, rape, torture, sadistic behaviour. I also have a very strong stomach, but foundbthis too much, most of it is completely unnecessary and is definitely not for kids.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

The Divide is both extremely dismal and extremely uncomfortable. Though nuclear holocaust movies are grim and depressing as a rule, it's certainly possible to make good movies in the genre, such as 2009's The Road. But this one aims for a dark, cutthroat tone, focusing on exploitation elements without the thrills that are usually involved.

The characters consist of a bunch of standard-issue types that are easily manipulated into conflict without much challenge or depth. Only Rosanna Arquette as a grieving mother seems to go the extra mile. Director Xavier Gens lets his camera restlessly roam the basement corridors without much else to do, and the effect is like pacing; it's tense, but in a bad way. Finally, at 122 minutes, the movie is needlessly, relentlessly, torturously long. Bottom line? Avoid this at all costs.

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