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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    55

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety

    Most of the jokes that might have seemed jolly fun on stage now appear obvious and even flat. The sparkle's gone.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Dr. Furter is played by a British actor named Tim Curry, who bears a certain resemblance to Loretta Young in drag. He's the best thing in the movie, maybe because he seems to be having the most fun.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Ty Burr

    For a movie that's mostly a plotless mix of old sci-fi flicks and Bowie-esque gender-bending, Rocky Horror continues to charm. That's due in part to the honest delight we take in the freedoms this movie so cheerfully flaunts.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

A comedic cult classic with heavy sexual innuendo.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is based upon complex adult themes of sexuality and personal freedoms/lifestyles. Dr. Frank N. Furter is played up as an outlandish, sexually open character. There is a very suggestive scene of Frank N. Furter seducing the couple and another sex scene between Janet and the beefcake Rocky. While there is no direct nudity, the film is very provocative, right down to the song lyrics. Teenagers who possess a more mature grasp of sexuality and individuality might understand and enjoy the film. Due to its strong sexual nature, parents should be very cautious about allowing their children to view this film.

  • Families can talk about this movie's themes of personal and sexual individuality and the concept of "fitting in." Beyond the campy elements, there are lessons to be learned about staying true to yourself.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Complex ideas about sexual identity and individual behavior. Underneath the provocative exterior, the movie has messages about being true to yourself and expressing yourself honestly.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Non-realistic for the most part. All in a comedic tone.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Cross-dressing, brief nudity, seduction, tons of innuendo.

  • language false3

    Language: Mostly suggestive language, not explicit.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Almost none, wine consumed only.

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