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The Cider House Rules Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    This being Irving, the story straddles the sweet and the creepy.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Lasse Hallström calms Irving's typically busy 1985 best-seller with a balm of the Swedish director's typically soothing lyricism.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A deliberately old-fashioned picture that succeeds in nearly everything it tries to do.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Thought-provoking movie for teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie includes incest, non-explicit scenes of abortions, nudity, drug abuse, and a non-explicit scene of an unmarried couple having sex. There are also some very sad character deaths, including a child.

  • Families can talk about rules, how they are developed, when, if ever, breaking rules is justified, and, when it is justified, how important it is to be willing to take the consequences. Some characters in the movie seem to let life decide things for them, but others take the situation into their own hands, and it is worth discussing how to know when to act.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Deaths of characters, brief knife fight.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Nudity, sex, and sexual references, including incest.

  • language false1

    Language: Mild.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Character abuses drugs, much smoking.