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Parents' Guide to

Sharp Objects

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Self-harm looms large in twisty, dark book-based series.

TV HBO Drama 2018
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+
age 16+

While this is breath taking it's. Not for kids

Ok so I know I said the show had a good message and it does it has the age old message of you can always go back home no matter what and the good rolemodel is the lead of the show she's been threw hell and back and still standing the show is quite a mystery to me and is very engaging however due to sweating and violence even sexual scenes .some wanted some not wanted.its not for kids thought teens and adults I do recommend it too

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Dark, spooky, and nightmare-inducing, this tour through a sleepy-but-creepy town's secrets through the eyes of a damaged hometown girl is deeply, but enjoyably, unsettling. Creator Marti Noxon, tongue only slightly in cheek, calls Sharp Objects the capper in her "self-harm" trilogy, which also includes anorexia drama To the Bone and surreal body image takedown Dietland -- and if you're wondering what kind of self-harm is at the center of this series, the title is a big, bleeding clue.

Viewers may at first be disoriented by Sharp Objects' tendency to jumble the present and past, with flashbacks from Camille's troubled life often intruding into her complicated present. But give the drama some time and patience and it slowly reveals what it's really about: how the traumas from one's past can be papered over, but never forgotten. As you watch Camille grappling with her demons -- and picking away at a pair of unsolved murders -- this simmering drama will prove hypnotic to a certain type of viewer who doesn't mind revelations that are gradually and subtly meted out. Those who accuse Sharp Objects of moving too slowly have a point, but like Camille's ample scar tissue, it may grow on you -- and prove impossible to ignore.

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