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Parents' Guide to

Mr. Mercedes

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Graphic serial killer drama shocks with violence, sex.

TV Peacock Drama 2017
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Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

good movie restricted age

idk 18 i a good age not 17 mybe 17 tho its ur choice
age 17+

One of the best Stephen King dramas on TV

Excellent series. Suspenseful and well acted. For adults or mature older teens. Lots of violence. No graphic sex is depicted. But there are disturbing scenes and discussion of incest, and sexual arousal from violence.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Stephen King fans undoubtedly have a certain set of expectations whenever his work comes to the screen. They want to be spooked. Mr. Mercedes is an adaptation of King's detour into hard-boiled crime fiction, but it tries to satisfy King fans' supposed blood lust with gory violence, disturbing sexual content, and some obvious referrences to King's library. The problem is that none of these horror elements actually add to the story, which is really focused on Hodges' co-dependant relationship with a serial killer. Think Silence of the Lambs, Dexter, or the BBC's Luther, all of which know how to be unsettling without alienating folks who have less interest in violence and gore. Instead, Mr. Mercedes settles for cheap thrills in a show that doesn't call for them.

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