Alias Grace

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

True story of a murder is another dark Atwood dystopia.

Netflix Drama 2017

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 16+
A great story and great actors. There are violent scenes from the penitentiary and the asylum. There is also scenes of rape, assault, and sex.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 18+

Seemed interesting in the beginning, but gets gradually darker, more disturbing, and less satisfying

At first I was interested and thought the show was generally appropriate for the first few episodes despite some coarse language and name-calling, and moderately violent scenes/sexually suggestive material. In the last 2-3 episodes, things escalated VERY quickly and the violence was extremely morbid (I'm 23 and I've never allowed myself to watch something so disturbing.. without giving too much detail- there was a hatchet and dismemberment going on, and you see everything). It does not end in a satisfying way but leaves you with a dark nasty feeling that makes you feel like you should pray to feel more at ease. There are many sensual scenes that are not explicit but borderline inappropriate, and many grotesque sexual advances made by men throughout the series. The last episode has a sex scene which was what I would consider to be very inappropriate for children or any Christian to be honest.. It was very disturbing. Overall I wish I had not watched this series and was disappointed as well as greatly disturbed. I enjoy period dramas, especially in the 1800s, but these generally end well and are relaxing and enjoying to watch. If you are like me, please don't watch this!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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