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6 Souls Review Critics


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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Robert Abele

    6 Souls is regrettably sick with that familiar disease afflicting movies of this ilk: ostentatious, hollow moodiness that spreads like an unwelcome rash.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York Times Nicolas Rapold

    The filmmakers’ aversion to coherent narrative and genuinely suspenseful visuals (not to mention a penchant for having Ms. Moore receive terrible news via cellphone) keep the movie’s mystery stew from hitting the spot.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    A schlock supernatural shocker.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    An appealing cast and well-executed mood of foreboding would seem to hold some promise commercially, but the script grows silly in the third act, letting the picture down.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Muddled horror tale mixes scares, troubling themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 6 Souls (also known as Shelter) is a supernatural horror film with some scary imagery, such as a character's neck bending to an impossible angle and a young girl in danger. There's also gore, including bloody dead bodies (some of which are children) and crime scene photos. The main character is religious, and the movie suggests that people who lose their faith will be severely punished. Language includes several uses of "God," "Jesus Christ" and "hell," sometimes used in a religious context, as well as "s--t" and one use of "f--k." Some of the main characters are shown drinking, but not to excess and not often.

  • Families can talk about 6 Souls' violence. Is it necessary to the story that the young girl be put in peril? Could the same story have been told another way?
  • How scary is the movie? What makes it a horror movie, as opposed to a thriller?
  • Does the movie encourage faith, spirituality, or religion? Why or why not?
  • Is Cara a role model? Do you think she's intended to be?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Troubling messages regarding faith and punishment.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: It would be nice if the heroine of a movie like this could be strong and smart, but Cara is inconsistent and uncompelling, as are the rest of the characters. Even the family members treat each other oddly and with disrespect.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: A young girl is in peril in the movie's final stretch; she's made sick by an evil spell and has her soul sucked out of her mouth. Plenty of other scary images, too, such as a man's neck bending back at an impossible angle and some black mist attacking. Gory dead bodies and crime scene photos are shown, and dead children are seen in a flashback. Gross sores develop on people's backs. A man undergoes some gory supernatural surgery, with blood shown. A man receives the death sentence. A horrific crime is verbally described involving "rape," a "box cutter," and "ovaries."

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: "F--k" is used once; "s--t" is used a few times. "God, "Jesus Christ" and "hell" are used, as well, but often in a religious context.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character hits a bar during a tense time at work and pounds down a few tequila shots. (It's suggested that this isn't a frequent occurrence.) Her brother drinks two bottles of beer while working at his desk.