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The Blair Witch Project Review

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  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    At a time when digital techniques can show us almost anything, The Blair Witch Project is a reminder that what really scares us is the stuff we can't see.

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  • 100

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    Chicago Tribune

    Many of us may have thought that with the world offering so much vivid horribleness every day, movies had lost the power to give us a good cathartic scare. It's a shock -- and a pleasure -- to discover we were wrong.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    As a horror picture, Blair Witch may not be much more than a cheeky game, a novelty with the cool, blurry look of an avant-garde artifact. But as a manifestation of multimedia synergy, it's pretty spooky.

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  • 88

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Caused a major stir with Sundance, and for good reason -- it was perhaps the most offbeat, energetic, and eye-opening motion picture to screen there.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    The suspense becomes so unbearable that it's easy to overlook questions about whether anyone in such circumstances would continue filming.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

This one could be too scary even for your teen.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that tolerance for scariness is highly individual, and, especially for teens and younger kids, highly suggestible. In concrete terms, there's nothing really scary in this movie, and parents who don't object to profanity should not have a problem with allowing a kid who really wants to see it to give it a try. They should make sure that those who do see it know -- promotional tricks to the contrary -- that it is entirely manufactured and fictional.

  • Families can talk about the filmmaking techniques of this movie. Did it feel real to you, and do you think other stories would work in this filmmaking technique?

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    Messages: Not applicable

What to watch for
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    Violence: Extremely tense and scary.

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    Sex: Not applicable

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    Language: Constant.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking and smoking.