The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Skillful, fascinating, but very disturbing art-horror movie.

R 2017 121 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 15+

Disturbing art horror film

Violence 6/10. A teen boy is badly beaten, kept in main characters garage. A boy bites himself and main character, very bloody and disturbing. Children are paralyzed, bleed from their eyes. A child is shot, some blood. Sex 6/10. A woman sucks on a mans fingers. A man's wife gives another man a hand job. Brief frontal nudity (breasts). A teen strips down to her underwear. Language 7/10. Graphic, disturbing description of a strange sexual encounter. Some strong language.
age 17+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 20, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming: January 23, 2018
  • Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan
  • Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Studio: A24
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 121 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: disturbing violent and sexual content, some graphic nudity and language
  • Last updated: April 6, 2022

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