The Prodigy

Movie review by Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Graphic violence, language in "bad seed" horror movie.

R 2019 100 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 13 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Not too scary

I think this movie would be OK for a young teen with a good maturity level. It wasn't too gory. There are no sex scenes. The worst part that would be u comfortable to watch is when the boy is talking to the therapist, he says some pretty vulgar things. It's hard to hear these things come out of a childs mouth.
age 11+

Very good movie-supernatural, horror and Violence

The movie itself is very well told and performed. My 13 year old son really wanted to see this and I was hesitant, especially after reading the common sense review. The horror is really subjective. I watched this myself before allowing him to see this and found common sense had over exaggerated the violence. There are cuss words, reference to child rape(oral) told by the main character to a therapist although it's rather a threat and doesn't have any meaning in regards to the movie. The dismemberment mentioned included a cut off hand which was not bloody or gory. The most violent thing was the main character is shown stabbing a woman in the stomach. I was not thrilled with this but it was the most bloody and violent scene in the movie and wanted to mention it. The animal cruelty which is something I do not want my children seeing is limited to seeing a dead dog(nothing is shown as to how the dog died) and the boy in the movie takes a bug off a window and squashes it in his hand. I have four children two girls and two boys ages 13,12,10 and 6. Only my 13 year old son and 10 year old daughter like scary, horror movies. I did not believe my 10 year old was ready for this movie. I consider my son to be mature for his age and found this movie to be acceptable for him. I think you have to take your child's development/maturity into account when deciding if they are age appropriate for the movie. There is not any sex, nudity, or drugs in the movie. I found it to be a suspenseful, edge of your seat horror/thriller movie.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

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