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Ginger Snaps 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
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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Because the characters are so well established -- Ms. Perkins is particularly good as the shy, resentful Brigitte -- the film can have fun with its own premises without turning into an empty camp exercise.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Village Voice Dennis Lim

    This Canadian cheapie plays like an above-average "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" episode, filtered through the sensibility of early David Cronenberg.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety Derek Elley

    A quietly subversive my-sister-is-turning-into-a-werewolf movie that doesn't wimp out at the end.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A ferocious, funny, gory, and astute Canadian horror parable.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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Very, very violent horror flick.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is extremely violent. There are vicious werewolf attacks on both animals and people, and copious amounts of blood. There is also one not very explicit sex scene, and a great deal of strong language.

  • Families can talk about Ginger and Brigitte's obsession with death, their very strong bond to each other, and how Ginger's maturation changes that. You might want to ask your teens what they think the appeal of movies like this is in the first place.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Bad role models.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Vicious werewolf attacks on both animals and people, and copious amounts of blood.

  • sex false3

    Sex: One not very explicit sex scene.

  • language false5

    Language: A great deal of strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue