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Parents' Guide to

The Intruder

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Lifeless but violent "psychopathic stalker" movie.

Movie PG-13 2019 102 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+


VERY BAD MOVIE DESERVES AN M RATING!!!!!! Worst thriller I've seen in my life!!!! This movie includes EXTREME VIOLENCE AND SEX, AND DRINKING THROUGHOUT!!!!! People intruding and trespassing in peoples houses (properties) breaking into peoples houses shooting down chandeliers going into the bathroom when people are taking a bath (shower) and torturing people in their own house Very inappropriate, creepy, scary, and VIOLENT. Includes LOTS OF BAD LANGUAGE LIKE s***, bulls***, f***, p****, godda*m, a**, h*ll etc. VERY BAD ROLE MODELS AND THIS MOVIE IS BALONEY!!!!!!!!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

How About a Security System????

Movie was a bit graphic for 13 year olds. And the sex/violence was a bit much. However in this day of technology, the movie did not make sense. How can you buy a house and have it inspected? Plot was weak and why not install a security system? Problem solved....

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Yet another example of the "psychopathic stalker" subgenre that was popular in the early 1990s, this thriller is thoroughly mechanical and laughable, almost totally lacking in any kind of humanity. The Intruder thankfully isn't as offensive as director Deon Taylor's last movie, Traffik, which tried to combine exploitation filmmaking with message-mongering, but it's still empty and lifeless. Weirdly, it's similar in some ways to Jordan Peele's Us, but without that movie's cleverness. Rather, the screenplay for The Intruder is a computer-like contraption that simply moves pieces from one place to another to make things happen. The characters, and the actors stuck playing the roles, have little choice but to follow along.

If the main characters agree or disagree, they're only doing so because the plot requires them to at that precise moment. They have no inner life -- and, other than occasionally sitting down for a meal, they never seem to actually do anything. Quaid's Charlie switches gears radically from a polite character to a savage, grunting monster with nothing in between; there's no hint of what he's actually like or where all this might have come from. Good is the only thing worth seeing in The Intruder. As with her brief role in Shazam!, she brings a warm kindness and humanity to her character, as well as humor and toughness, that somehow still come through as she makes genuine attempts to connect with Charlie. It's a shame the movie couldn't have been worthy of her talents.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 3, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming: July 30, 2019
  • Cast: Dennis Quaid , Meagan Good , Michael Ealy
  • Director: Deon Taylor
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Female actors, Black actors, Latino actors, Multiracial actors
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence, terror, some sexuality, language and thematic elements
  • Last updated: February 25, 2023

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