The Witch

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

age 17+

Intense, fascinating Puritan horror tale has blood and gore.

R 2016 92 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 34 reviews

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age 17+

Brilliant and dark but definitely not for kids

This film is a masterpiece but it’s clearly meant for adults. The story is rich and complex and dwells with religion and folklore. It’s a very symbolic piece about womanhood and not for everyone: it also requires some intellectual baggage to fully understand it. The characters also speak Old English to create a more realist atmosphere. Young teenagers won’t understand what it’s about.

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Too much violence
age 14+


Violence 5/10. A lot of violence is implied but very dark. A girl kills her mother by stabbing her in the head, blood oozes out. A boy has a whole apple pulled out of his mouth. Lots of disturbing imagery and implications. Sex 4/10. Brief nudity of dancing witches. A girl undresses but is only seen nude from behind or from far away.

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