The Girl on the Train

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Taut book-based thriller has drinking, violence, sex.

R 2016 112 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 19 reviews

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age 16+

Very Good Thriller better for older teens and over.

There is intense violence so expect Murderer, Bloody Corpses, Punching, slamming, Throwing things against walls, on the floor, etc. References to Homicide and Suicide. There's also some frequent/strong language during these scares(F--k and S--t are mostly used), Plus some sex (in bed, in a shower, in a forest, etc.) and the main character is an alcohol addict and drinks it to excess.
age 18+

Domestic violence, emotional abuse, too graphic for a 15 rating

I found the themes of domestic violence and emotional and physical abuse were portrayed too graphically for a 15 rated film. Sex was portrayed as violent and loveless. The film also deals with alcoholism (portraying the negative consequences effectively). There’s a lot of bad language. This is not a film for children under 18.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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