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The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger
The Little Stranger
The Little Stranger
  • R
  • 1h 52m
  • 2018
Common Sense Media Iconage 15+
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In the summer of 1948, Dr. Faraday travels to attend to a patient at Hundreds Hall, home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. The Hall is now in decline and its inhabitants are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family's story is about to become entwined with his own. Based on the book by bestselling author Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger stars Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina, Brooklyn) and is directed by Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson (Room).
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The Little Stranger's reliance on atmosphere may satisfy audiences in the mood for sophisticated horror fare -- while frustrating those seeking more visceral thrills.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Well-made gothic noir has scares, bloody scenes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Little Stranger is a gothic noir film that's set in the 1940s and based on a novel by Sarah Waters. There's a lot of blood: A little girl is mauled by a dog (the mauling happens offscreen, but she's shown with bloody wounds), characters are sliced open by broken glass, and characters die. One person is covered in burn scars, a mother slaps a young boy, and characters sometimes rage angrily, smashing glasses or gulping down whiskey. A young girl is seen drinking alcohol at a party and claims to have smoked a cigarette. There are also scenes of adults drinking socially and smoking; language is limited to single uses of "ass" and "hell." A man and a woman kiss and grope each other in a car, and there's some sex-related dialogue. The movie is well made but perhaps also a little stiff for some genre fans; still, older teens and up with sophisticated tastes may like it.

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, Horror, Thriller
  • Release Date:August 31, 2018
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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