The Forest

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
The Forest Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 14+

Ghost story has promising start but too many jump-scares.

PG-13 2016 95 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 10 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 12+

Good option for preteens who are looking for a scary movie.

More unsettling than scary, but some good jumpy and suspenseful moments. Knowledge about anxiety, hallucinations, suicide, etc. recommended before watching this movie otherwise be prepared to discuss it.
age 14+

Predicatble, Spooky, Umimpressing Horror Flick

The Forest didn't impress me as much as the trailer did. In my opinion the film was predictable. I knew what would happen before it did. I enjoyed the sudden scares, but they began to grow abundant and that did it for me. The ending was not to my liking, though I have seen worse. The introduction though was great. The film has the proper gore it needs being a film about suicide and emotional pain (wrist wounds, cuts, characters stabbed, maggots, hanging bodies, gunshot wounds). There was no sex which was good to see, and little cussing. This film isn't one of my favorites. I didn't like it much, and I wouldn't watch it again. I would recommend if you have the time. If it's among other choices, don't bother.

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • Insidious Poster Image

    Insidious

    Exceptionally scary flick is too intense for younger teens.

    age 15+
  • It Follows Poster Image

    It Follows

    Masterful, mature horror movie deals with teen sex.

    age 17+
  • The Ring Poster Image

    The Ring

    Remake of Japanese horror film is terrifying and creepy.

    age 16+

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of a ghost and vampire
    Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
    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