The Perfection

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Violent, gory horror-thriller; language, sex, nudity.
  • NR
  • 2019
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

True evil must face consequences. Revenge can perpetuate violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models.


Frequent violent, blood-spattered images; grisly killings, shocking hallucinations. Pushes boundaries of the "eww" factor -- projectile vomiting, insects invade human, dismemberment. References rape and child abuse with scary flashbacks.


Sexual situations with nudity; same-sex lovemaking. Full-frontal male nudity. Sexual threats and intimidation.


Frequent profanity: "f--k," "s--t," "bad ass," "son of a bitch," "c--t." Vomiting and defecation.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink alcohol, some drunkenness. Hallucinogenic drugs are administered.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Perfection, a female-driven horror movie, pushes the envelope of gore and brutality. Viewers can expect many scenes of frenzied violence with all manner of weapons. These scenes result in staples of the horror genre -- blood-soaked clashes, horribly-wounded victims, and grisly deaths. Sexual situations are integral to the plot: a scene in which two women engage in sex with partial nudity, and references and flashbacks to child rape, along with soft-focus shots of full-frontal male nudity. Profanity is frequent (i.e., "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "c--t," son of a bitch), as well as on-camera vomiting and defecation. Alcohol is consumed; some drunkenness. Ibuprofen and prescription drugs are ingested, often with harrowing outcomes. Hallucinogenic drugs are administered. Carefully photographed to elicit maximum shock and revulsion, the twisting, often surprising, story isn't for kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byBobby G. March 25, 2020

Solid thriller

Violence 6/10. Disturbing content. A woman cuts off her hand offscreen. Stabbing. Sex 7/10. Brief nudity, breasts, butt. Lesbian sex scene that includes thrusti... Continue reading
Adult Written byUsrhlp July 15, 2019

Gory and vomit inducing only if

You have never seen a movie before or perhaps you are 6 years old.

There is a chance that you may vomit during the movie, but only if you spent the previous da... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byremy123 July 13, 2020
I’m a teen and this movie was a bit too disturbing for me. There was rape, dismemberment, pedophilia, and maggots, in this movie. I thought the plot was kind of... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMm.cookie April 15, 2020


Let me start by saying that I watched this film three times. I absolutely loved it.
I went into it not know what genre it is, nor the plot. I would not say its... Continue reading

What's the story?

As a teen, Charlotte Willmore (Allison Williams) had to leave a promising career as a cellist in THE PERFECTION. Her mother's stroke ended her residency at the prestigious Bachoff Academy. After more than a decade of being cared for her by her devoted daughter, Charlotte's mother dies. Tentatively, Charlotte makes her way back to Bachoff. Though Anton (Steven Weber), the head of the academy, is overjoyed to see her, Charlotte is immediately drawn to the young woman who took her place. Lizzie (Logan Browning) is a cellist virtuoso just as Charlotte was. Urged by Anton, the two play a duet and an immediate and intense connection is made. Seemingly on a whim, Charlotte joins Lizzie on the younger woman's planned vacation trip to Shanghai. When Lizzie becomes seriously ill in China, Charlotte tries desperately to help her... until strange and devastating events plunge them into nightmarish circumstances and a journey from which they may never return.

Is it any good?

Director Richard Shepard and his willing cast deliver a provocative, original, and gruesome psychological thriller that will surprise, repel, and satisfy fans who love bizarrely-clever horror films. Twists and turns come both when you expect them and when you don't. Viewers shouldn't look too closely at every plot point (Why in the world would Lizzie be sent away at such an inopportune time?), but a willingness to suspend disbelief throughout will be rewarded by the film's spectacularly freakish resolution. And, the less you know about the story going in, the better. The Perfection is only suitable for grownups with strong stomachs and an affinity for the macabre.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence and brutality in The Perfection. How did you react to some of the more shocking events? Did you cover your eyes? Laugh at the excess? Were you aware of how much violence in the film is directed toward women? 

  • Why do you think audiences find "revenge" movies so appealing? What emotions or experiences do those movies tap into? In real life, what does revenge accomplish?

  • Describe your feelings about Charlotte. How did your attitude toward her change as the movie moved forward? When, if ever, was she sympathetic? Besides her acting skills in a demanding role, why was casting Allison Williams a smart decision? What is there about Williams that helped make the character believable? 

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