The X-Files (2016)

TV review by Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

The truth (and some scary stuff) is still out there.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 7 reviews

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Great reboot is slightly edgier than old series and Common Sense Review

Violence/Scariness: Occasional bloodless gunshots with minimal injury detail. Some explosions, including one which was a terrorist attack. Moderate surgery and autopsy scenes. One episode features sight of bite marks on necks, not too bad. Another shows a character commit suicide, by shoving a knife into ear (not very bloody but still cringe-inducing). Brief moment of Strong violence in which a character has his head and arms ripped off by supernatural creature (bloody but no lingering sight on injury detail). Some episodes are scary, the X-Files is horror after all, but not are really terrifying. Language: Some mild language, such as damn, hell, crap. Rare moderate language such as b*tch or d-bag. Overall tame by modern standards. Sex/Nudity: A couple episodes are much edgier than the Common Sense Review would lead you to believe. As always, some romantic tension between Mulder and Scully. In one episode a gay character thinks Mulder is flirting with him (meant for comical effect). Parody scene of country music video features suggestive dancing (not too bad though). A hotel owner spies on Mulder sleeping in a speedo through peephole (again, for comic effect). The third episode I believe is where it really gets edgy though. There is a brief visual reference to porn (non-graphic video is seen, no nudity) and in a fantasy sequence Scully seduces a man and begins to passionately kiss him. Also a discussion on transgender. Drugs: Iconic villain character constantly smokes. Two secondary characters get high in woods off of spray paint, clearly frowned upon and not directly portrayed.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex

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