Parents' Guide to

The Ritual

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Intense, mature horror tale with scares, violence, cursing.

Movie NR 2018 94 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 17+

A Modern Lovecraftian Horror

For anyone familiar with the work of H.P. Lovecraft, this movie is the epitomization of what Lovecratian horror stands for. It has excellent storytelling techniques that introduce the movie without feeling forced and carries itself well without any unnecessary scenes. Most importantly, unlike most horror films, it doesn't feel like the plot was based on human stupidity! All the characters are rational and relatable, making the effect all the more intense. There is no moral to this story, only an experience of pure existential crisis, terror, and dread. It isn't just about being scared, it's about being isolated and alone, surrounded by a great unknown.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 15+

so cool

it's an psycho gory movie that you can get on Netflix. but if your an super freak like me you'll love it. there is some swearing though.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (27):

A well-executed, deftly performed horror story supplies the requisite amount of scares along with some insightful notions about guilt, redemption, and maturity. The four heroes in The Ritual are literally "babes in the woods," ill-equipped for what would challenge even the most skilled adventurers. They're youngish city folk. They have wives, kids, and college educations. And the actors make the most of even the sketchiest roles. Watch for Rob James-Collier's terrific presence as Hutch, almost unrecognizable after his six-season performance as Thomas, the closeted servant of Downton Abbey. David Bruckner, an American director, keeps the suspense disarming and tight. The soundtrack is notable; the cinematography is impressive. While some of the plotting may be conventional -- a few familiar ghastly frights in the isolated cabin and in the forest -- Bruckner has made even old tropes fresh, terrifying and, in some cases, appalling. Great for horror flick fans, but not for the squeamish, and certainly not for kids.

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