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The Black Phone

The Black Phone
The Black Phone
The Black Phone
  • R
  • 1h 43m
  • 2022
Certified Fresh83%
Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
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Oscar® nominee Ethan Hawke, in the most disturbing role of his career, stars in a new psychological thriller from Blumhouse and the director who brought you Sinister and Doctor Strange. Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer (Hawke) and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer's previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn't happen to Finney.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh83%
Critics Consensus: The Black Phone might have been even more frightening, but it remains an entertaining, well-acted adaptation of scarily good source material.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Violent but effective horror tale about kidnapped teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Black Phone is a horror movie about a kidnapped teen (Mason Thames) who gets supernatural help while trying to escape from his maniacal kidnapper. It's a solid, visceral thriller, albeit one that's full of peril and violence involving young teens. There are scenes of brutal, bloody bullying, including bashing a head with a rock, use of a switchblade, punching, kicking, martial arts, and face-punching. Adults also attack kids: There's a whipping with a belt, a teen boy being abducted (and something sprayed in his face), and a teen getting tackled, being threatened with a knife, and knocked him unconscious. Teens are murdered offscreen. There are also jump-scares and some spooky stuff. Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "c---sucker," "s--t," "c--t," "a--hole," and more. A secondary character appears to have an alcohol dependency, passing out in his chair and leaving bottles everywhere.

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:Horror, Thriller
  • Release Date:June 24, 2022
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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