We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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

age 13+

Effective Shirley Jackson adaptation has violence, language.

NR 2019 96 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 11+

Suspenseful and interesting

First of all, I love the book and suggest reading it before watching the movie. The unfolding of the plot is enjoyably suspenseful in the book. The big reveal was more predictable in the movie, not the big eye-opening surprise that you get to experience when reading. Parental notes: Meanness and violence are present. The villagers are hateful and mean to the girls throughout the film, and the climax of the movie has pretty intense vitriol. A character is killed, not directly shown, but the filmography lends itself to dark overtones that may feel disturbing to some younger viewers. This is the main issue that might make the movie unsuitable for some children or families. Witchcraft is present, though it is just a character's superstition and doesn't "work," so to speak. Language is present, as mentioned in the common sense review. The revealing nightgown mentioned in the common sense review doesn't exist. There are two scenes where a character is wearing an ordinary nightgown in a completely normal and non-sexual way. The gown is spaghetti strapped, but not low cut and not revealing. The only thing I can think of is that she is lying on her side in one scene (alone in bed, not sexual at all) and though no cleavage is shown there is a normal gravity-induced effect on her upper chest. The shirtless male is also non-sexual, though for a moment you think there might be a romantic interaction while he is without his shirt.
age 12+

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