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Seven 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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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Director David Fincher shovels on more gloom than even the serial killer genre can sustain in the murkily moody, but self-defeating, Seven.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    It's a misfire--but a fascinating, magnetic misfire, a film full of first-rate talents forced into absurdity, struggling to bring believability to nonsense. [22 September 1995, Friday, p. C]

  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    While Seven lacks the cleverness of the superior "Usual Suspects," it's strong enough to hold its own against most other thrillers.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    This homicide thriller has a tantalizingly morbid atmosphere of unease.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A dark, grisly, horrifying and intelligent thriller.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Grim, slick, shocking thriller. Older teens only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains graphic depictions of the aftermath of grisly murders involving the seven deadly sins. While none of this takes place on-screen, the vivid descriptions prove to be nearly as chilling. For example, an obese man is forced to eat until his stomach bursts. A man is forced to kill a prostitute by stabbing her reproductive organs with an 8-inch knife. A beauty queen's face is cut off. A lawyer must cut out his own stomach. A police officer's pregnant wife is beheaded. In the end, the line between good and evil is blurred, with evil more or less coming out on top.

  • Families can talk about horror movies. How is this movie different than a slasher film? What makes it disturbing? Is it any less chilling because the violence is not shown on screen?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Though justice is said to be "worth fighting for," the world is so bleak and full of horror that this doesn't seem believable.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: The gory aftermath (and allusions to) horrific torture and murder. Gunshots. Off-screen murder. Rape.

  • sex false3

    Sex: References to prostitution, sex.

  • language false3

    Language: Lots of swearing.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue