Parents' Guide to

The Others

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Good but creepy; may be too intense for some.

Movie PG-13 2001 101 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 13+
The content is quite heavy. The movie also has one adult scene in bed. It is good once we've been able to deliver the message. But, not every age is ready for the topic inside it.

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age 12+

Rated PG-12 (moderate scary scenes, infrequent murder & suicide references).

MAIN CONTENT ISSUES - There are scary scenes throughout, often moderately intense or unsettling, and mainly involve ghostly voices and noises. One of the more disturbing moments depicts a girl with an old woman's face behind a veil, although still retaining the girl's voice, as well as an old woman's hand, to which the mother appears very distressed by and lashes out on her. The scary scenes and supernatural menace are broken up throughout the film by quieter moments, so none of them are particularly sustained. There are also infrequent, brief references to the suffocation of two children by their mother, and then how the mother shot herself. These references are largely undetailed and integral to the plot. | OTHER ISSUES - There is a moment of mild aggression/violence by a mother towards her young daughter when she mistakes her for someone else; she shakes her around and pushes her over to the floor, making the girl scream. One very brief moment of sensuality between two characters. There are some mildly upsetting scenes and thematic material. | RATED "PG-12" - Parental Guidance, some scenes may be unsuitable for children under 12. Contains some content generally suitable for persons aged 12 years and over, and parents/guardians are strongly advised to watch the film with any person below that age.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19):
Kids say (71):

This movie is more mood than plot, but the mood is expertly handled by the writer/director and by Kidman, who makes her attempts to maintain control scarier than outright terror. The cast is outstanding and the ultimate resolution properly eerie.

Way back before computer graphics, moviemakers knew how to scare us through what the movie didn't show us. They knew that no one knows what scares us as well as we do ourselves, and that anything we could imagine would be far scarier than anything they could put on the screen. The Others is a return to that kind of old-fashioned-squeaky door hinge-flapping shutter -- "Who is that playing Chopin downstairs when I know I locked the piano?" -- "She can't leave now! It's too foggy!" sort of thriller, the kind that creeps into your bones and makes you shiver.

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