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THX 1138 Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie's strength is not in its story but in its unsettling and weirdly effective visual and sound style. (Review of Original Release)

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Slow sci-fi drama for die-hard Lucas fans only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a science-fiction film taking place in a future where the government controls human reproduction by banning sexual intercourse. A character watches naked male and female holograms dancing on a viewing console. Nude characters are also shown having sex. Robot cops prod men with poles that seem to electrically shock them. Physical skirmishes take place in the detention center among prisoners.

  • Families can talk about whether this 1971 movie's vision of the future and its technology seem possible. Should the government have the power to involve itself in one's personal issues such as love and family? In THX 1138's version of the future, citizens must be under constant video surveillance, and are compelled to take prescription drugs. What kind of effect does this have on THX and LUH's ability to think freely?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: THX's strictly controlled society is disturbing.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Physical fighting, electrical pole prodding, and an extended car chase.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Nudity and depiction of sexual intercourse.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: People are forced to take drugs by the government.