Parents' Guide to

The Good Shepherd

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Thriller is too mature and intense for kids.

Movie R 2006 160 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Dont let others choose whats right for your children

Watch the film and decide for yourself-

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This complex thriller considers the blindness and other costs that come with being too committed to a job, even one that involves national security. The problem that Edward's chosen profession poses for him is both prosaic and sensational. At one level, the cost of his patriotism is reduced to a common device -- the difficulties between father and son. The film winds tighter and tighter around this relationship. "I never felt safe," Edward Jr. says. "I was always afraid because everything was a secret."

While The Good Shepherd does concede that secret agencies need to keep secrets, it also rejects the slippery, paranoid morality that follows from such a premise.

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