Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Notorious case inspires dark, sinuous thriller.

R 2007 165 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 32 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 3+

Let your 12 year old see this

Way less violent and disturbing then the pianist

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 17+

Excellent David Fincher film!

I really thought this was a great David Fincher movie when I saw this a month or two ago. It isn’t quite as good as “Se7en”, but it is a great psychological thriller that anyone who likes that genre will thoroughly enjoy. It has a very shocking ending, which I will not reveal and let you watch the movie and see for yourself. This movie is not as bad as CSM says it is, because, as Fincher’s movies usually flow, not a lot of violence actually takes place on-screen, and it is interesting to see all of the steps detectives take in order to find who the Zodiac is, including reading letters and deciphering codes, all of which are sent by the Zodiac killer himself. I would say that the Violence would be 4/5 because even though there is more talk and seeking clues than violence, the violence that does take place can get pretty brutal. There is not as much Drinking, Drugs & Smoking is not excess and unnecessary, so that is not as much of a problem either, and the Language isn’t as bad as CSM says it is either because there are only a few uses of “f--k” and probably a few uses of “s--t,” but it is not very frequent. Robert Graysmith is a positive role model in my opinion, since he is the only detective who perseveres, even when everyone else gives up. He still believes that the Zodiac case can be solved, so the lesson of not giving up no matter what can be learned from this film. Again, the ending is shocking, and I would highly recommend it to mature 15-year-olds and anyone who is 16 years old or above.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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