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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

By Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Hard to do worse than this extremely gory mess.

Movie R 2003 98 minutes
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Based on 15 parent reviews

age 15+


very good not bad at all i recommend this for all children ages 15+
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (40 ):

This film is extremely violent and bloody, the profanity never stops, the characters aren't particularly likeable, and the story doesn't make sense. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is a remake of a 1974 low-budget horror movie by the same name. The original movie about five Texas teens who stumble across a family of cannibals was considered extremely edgy when it was released, but it now seems downright quaint when compared to modern horror movies like this remake.

Jessica Biel leads the cast of doomed characters, but considering she's the biggest name in the movie, you're pretty certain that she's going to stick around the longest. After all, if she were killed off too soon, we wouldn't be treated to the many gratuitous shots of her wet white tank top. The rest of the cast isn't memorable at all with the exception of R. Lee Ermey's portrayal of the "Sheriff" (his untraditional crime scene procedures, such as making sexual jokes about the victim as he carelessly wraps her body in Saran-Wrap, hint that he's not exactly what he seems). There's absolutely no reason for kids to see this movie, and mature teens and adults would be better off watching the original movie.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 16, 2003
  • On DVD or streaming: March 29, 2004
  • Cast: Eric Balfour , Jessica Biel , Jonathan Tucker
  • Director: Marcus Nispel
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 98 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong horror violence/gore, language and drug content
  • Last updated: October 3, 2023

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