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Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley
Nightmare Alley
Nightmare Alley
  • R
  • 2h 30m
  • 2021
Certified Fresh81%
Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
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From visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes this noir-style psychological thriller starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett that’s set against the dark backdrop of carnival life. When charismatic but down-on-his-luck Stanton Carlisle (Cooper) endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival, he crafts what seems to be a golden ticket to success. The more he uses his newly acquired knowledge to grift the wealthy elite of 1940s New York society, the more his ambition grows. Soon, with the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Blanchett), who might turn out to be his most formidable opponent yet. Also included in the all-star cast of NIGHTMARE ALLEY are Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman and Mary Steenburgen. Master storyteller del Toro directed the taut thriller, which he co-wrote with Kim Morgan, based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham.
© 2021 20th Century Studios and TSG Entertainment Finance LLC.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh81%
Critics Consensus: While it may not hit quite as hard as the original, Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley is a modern noir thriller with a pleasantly pulpy spin.
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
Common Sense Says
Dark, brutal psychological terror from Guillermo Del Toro.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Nightmare Alley is a neo-noir from director Guillermo Del Toro. It's extremely dark and vicious but worth watching for the director's mature fans. Expect to see disturbing images, guns and shooting, murders, blood and gore, violent punching (including a man being punched to death), strangling, someone getting run over by a car, and a carnival performer biting the head off of a chicken. The main character (Bradley Cooper) is briefly seen fully naked while in a bathtub; a woman reaches into the water and begins stimulating him. He has three sexual partners over the course of the movie. He kisses a scar on a woman's chest, and her breasts are partly visible. There's also kissing and some sex-related dialogue. Language is strong, with uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "bulls--t," "bitch, and more. Characters smoke cigarettes frequently, and two characters are portrayed as having an alcohol dependency. There's also a reference to opium-laced alcohol. Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette, David Strathairn, Rooney Mara, and Cate Blanchett co-star.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:December 17, 2021
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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