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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Vacation from hell isn't for the faint of stomach.

Movie R 2006 89 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+
Well the surgery scene is only disturbing kids 15/16 should be able to handle the most of the gore but its not even very sadistically shown (the surgery) good thrills and storyline is good nothing too explicit but neither for kids

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great role models
age 13+


Not a bad film. Kind of reminds me of the Hostel movies, except they drug the people before torture/disembowlment. The question is: should you watch it? My reply is: Depends what kind of person you are and the films you are interested in. If you like bloody kidnapping/torture/post mortem movies, then yes, this is a perfect movie for you. But if you are faint at heart and have a weak stomach, you might think about sitting out for this one.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Turistas is short on clever scares and long on bloody excess (machetes and scalpels being implements of choice). It also lurches between images that are breathtakingly beautiful (think Blue Lagoon) and literally hard to see, as when a tattooed thug chases victims through dark underground caverns, swimming for long minutes underwater.

The fact that the doctor's own viciously verbalized racism leads directly to his downfall doesn't exactly make up for the film's demonizing of dark-skinned characters throughout. It's also helpful and silly that he explains his thinking on the issue while digging into a pretty girl's torso for her liver and kidneys (essentially, he's angry at American imperialism and arrogance and wants to see a Yankee heart beating in the chest of an ailing Brazilian child). His villainy is underscored repeatedly: He puts a kabob stick through a follower's eye, murders his minions when they misbehave, and keeps passports of past victims, for no fathomable reason except to grant the newest ones the chance to discover them and be suddenly afraid.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 30, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: March 27, 2007
  • Cast: Josh Duhamel , Melissa George , Olivia Wilde
  • Director: John Stockwell
  • Studio: Fox Atomic
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 89 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong graphic violence and disturbing content, sexuality, nudity, drug use and language.
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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