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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A thriller so fixated on red herrings that viewers may stop caring if anyone's really in danger, Gone is diverting but unlikely to linger long in theaters.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Clark Collis

    Which stinks worse? The absurdly large pile of red herrings Gone amasses? Or the film's sub-Scooby Doo conclusion?

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Fascinating main character saves kidnapping thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Gone is a thriller about a kidnapper of young women. Although there's plenty of peril, tension, and violence -- including flashbacks to kidnappings, women being knocked out (with chloroform) and bound, gun use, and more -- the main character (played by Amanda Seyfried) is a strong, fascinating young woman. She's very tough, cunning, and crafty, although she often resorts to lying and isn't above hurting others. In addition to the violence, content includes some sexual innuendo and relatively infrequent language (including "s--t" and one "f--k"). One character is said to be an alcoholic, though she's never seen drinking; another character takes prescription pills.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. What's scarier -- the stuff you see, or what you don't? What's the impact of both types of scares?
  • Jill is tough, capable, and cunning, but she also lies and isn't above hurting people. Can people be role models despite serious flaws?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: In a variation on "the boy who cried wolf," a young woman is unable to get the help she needs in a drastic situation. Since authority figures don't believe her, she's forced to do everything herself. She doesn't trust anyone, and they don't trust her. Her methods include lying and hurting people.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Jill is amazingly self-sufficient -- a crafty and very strong survivor. She's physically capable of taking care of herself; she's aware and cunning. On the downside, she lies quite often to get information she needs, and she's also capable of crossing the line into murder. (There's also a suggestion, unproven, that she's mentally unstable.)

What to watch for
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    Violence: The main character carries a gun. She pulls it several times but only fires it at her ultimate target, whom she also burns with kerosene. There are flashbacks to a kidnapping, which include potentially upsetting images. Young women are knocked out with chloroform and are shown with duct tape on their hands and mouths. Viewers see vague images of the remains of former victims (a bit of hair and a broken bone). While wrestling in a gym, the main character gets angry and begins beating on her (male) opponent. A reference to rape.

  • sex false2

    Sex: When the main character takes a shower, the clear outline of her naked body can be seen through an opaque shower curtain. Also some flirting and more than one scene of sexual innuendo, including somewhat offensive terms.

  • language false3

    Language: Language is infrequent but contains a few strong words, including one "f--k" and a few "s--t"s. Also "bitch," "balls," "hell," "goddamn," oh my God," and "ass."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: The main character does a Google search. Justin Bieber is mentioned.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character's sister is said to be an alcoholic. This is mentioned several times in dialogue, though she's never seen drinking and never falls off the wagon. The main character takes some kind of prescription pills in one scene. (In another scene, she throws them away.) Women are knocked out with drugs.