The Thing

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Gory remake of two scary classics lacks their bite.

R 2011 103 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 13 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 15+

A decent Prequel.

Contrary to the CSM claim, this is a prequel to the 1982 classic of the same name - called such because, well, what else could you call it? It details the story of the Norwegian base and their finding, and exhumation of an alien space craft, along with its passenger. Not as good as the original, with many of the effects being CGI rather than practical effects due to studio interference, which lessens the impact of the creature(s). The end segues seemlessly into the 1982 film.
age 17+

The Thing prequel Gory Monster fun

This movie does lack where the 80's version delivers, mostly in that the special effects come across as overdone. People die in ways that computer graphics can't really make believable, but do not think that this makes this movie an okay for younger teens. It's one of those movies where just about everyone dies, and if they are dying, then you are seeing it. Not for kids. A fun movie for the monster movie fan, but not for kids.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

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