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Intruders Review Critics


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  • 3.0

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  • 50

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The inevitable twist ties things neatly together before leading to a confusing, borderline-indecipherable ending that fails to satisfy on a number of levels.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    Where the film falls apart is in trying to steer this nightmare out of dark fantasy into the cold light of logic.

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  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Owen devotes himself to the horror-flick role of a father battling his daughter's monsters with the same trademark efficiency and intensity he brings to every project, whether pulpy like "Killer Elite" or pure like "Shadow Dancer."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Moody, complex horror-drama has children in peril.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Intruders is a spooky drama with horror overtones that tells intertwining stories about a mysterious, faceless intruder attacking a young boy in Spain and a young girl in England. Intruders is more moody than violent, but it does have some scary/upsetting images of children in jeopardy, as well as some fighting and a woman being choked. There are also some nightmarish, horror-style scares. There's one scene of sexuality with kissing; a fully naked woman is shown. Language is infrequent but includes more than one use of "f--k."

  • Families can talk about how scary the movie is. What were the scariest parts? Is it actually a horror movie, or is it more like a drama about families in trouble?
  • How do the mother and son relate to each other in the Spanish story? What about the father and daughter in the English story? Do the parents believe their children's stories? How do they try to help their children? Would you have behaved differently?
  • Is this a supernatural horror movie or a realistic one? Is it a combination of the two? What's good and/or bad about a combination or a hybrid?
  • What did you think of the "twist" ending? Did it make sense? Was it rewarding?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Intruders' themes are complex and slightly dark. It talks about a special bond between parents and children that allows good things can be passed on -- but also scary things. The movie also features a subplot in which the concerned parents turn to both the church and to psychiatrists, but neither can offer help. However, the movie does show problem solving in terrifying circumstances.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The English father and the Spanish mother are both concerned parents, working tirelessly to solve difficult, indefinable problems. While the children sometimes face their fate bravely, they're mostly terrified victims.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Violence isn't constant, but there are some strong images, including children in peril. An intruder breaks into a house, attacks two children, and tries to choke a woman. The father fights with and punches the intruder. There's some nightmare imagery, with things like dark water dripping from the ceiling (it looks somewhat like blood, but it also just looks dirty and goopy).

  • sex false5

    Sex: A woman and her husband are in bed together, naked and kissing. The woman is shown fully nude. There's also some innuendo.

  • language false4

    Language: Language is relatively infrequent, but includes more than one use of "f--k." Characters also say "Jesus" (as an exclamation) and "damn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue