The Thing (1982)

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Gory fear fest is a classic the faint-hearted should skip.

R 1982 109 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 76 reviews

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age 11+


The Thing is one of the best horror movies ever. It has basically no swearing or bad language but there is some gore. The gore isn't that realistic but it was groundbreaking for 1982.

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Too much violence
age 14+

The greatest film of its genre ever made.

A truly wonderful film, that has only grown in stature as the years have passed. Sadly eclipsed at the box office by E.T. , this is a close encounter of an altogether different kind. A spectacular masterpiece of suspense, horror, and possibly the greatest practical special effects seen on film - even better considering the year it was made. Some truly gut wrenching scenes of horror, all completely appropriate for the subject matter. There are few role models in this film of a classic nature - all are shown to have weaknesses and personal faults, but what comes out at the end are the lengths ordinary people can go to in order to save the world.

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