Atonement (2007) Poster


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MPAA Rated R for disturbing war images, language and some sexuality

Sex & Nudity

  • A woman is shown stripping down to her undergarments (which are extensive given the time period) and jumping in a fountain. She comes out dripping wet. Her clothes are very slightly transparent. A man is watching, is embarrassed, and turns to look away. The scene is shown a second time in greater proximity.
  • A sexually descriptive sentence about oral sex is mentioned and shown in writing a few times.
  • A couple make out and then have sex up against a bookshelf. They're still fully clothed. A girl enters, sees and interrupts them. The scene is shown a second time in greater length. Non explicit.

Violence & Gore

  • A young man finds many dead school-aged girls, with bloody bullet holes in their heads and faces lying in woods.
  • We hear a horse whinnying and then a shot, then we see a few horses being shot and they fall to the ground (there's no blood); possibly they are being killed so the enemy can't capture them.
  • We hear that three ships were bombed by enemy aircraft, that 3,000 men were killed, and we see many wounded soldiers, we see soldiers stumbling around in delirium, and we see others drinking alcohol and in a stupor.
  • A man threatens to kill a young woman and another young woman holds him back.
  • A girl falls into a lake and a young man panics and jumps in to retrieve her (she is fine) and becomes angry when he realizes that she was testing him.
  • Soldiers walk through a burned out village (some flames are still burning), and run through tall grass toward a beach where many other soldiers are gathered and waiting to be rescued by ships.


  • 14 uses of "fuck", 6 uses of "cunt" (all written),

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Many smoking scenes.
  • There is social drinking and some soldiers are seen drunk in a bar.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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Sex & Nudity

  • A girl is shown lying in the woods, after being raped. A man runs away, with his bare buttocks exposed to the camera. This is the only real nudity in the film.

Violence & Gore

  • While searching dark woods a young girl finds a man holding a teenage girl on the ground with his hand over her mouth and forcing himself on her; he gets up and runs away when he realizes they have been seen, the teenage girl cries and we see her with bruises on her face and wrists, which might have been caused by the attack.
  • We see many wounded soldiers in a hospital: one has a bloody bandage on his head and when it is removed we see a large hole with his brain exposed; another is bandaged and missing an arm, another is missing part of his face with his teeth exposed; another has a gaping wound in his abdomen and he vomits blood into a bucket, and one is badly burned (we see charred skin).
  • During a bombing a large wave of water flows through the tunnels of a subway where people are hiding and the people are killed (we see some bodies floating).
  • A man lies dead and we hear he suffered from septicemia
  • A man has a large bloody wound on his chest, which does not appear to be healing.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Rape is mentioned and it is depicted for a couple of seconds from a far away distance.
  • The hospital scene showing many wounded soldiers is extremely gruesome and intense, but the camera doesn't linger on the gore.
  • A main character dies from blood poisoning and is found dead holding a picture of where he and his love would live.
  • A main female character drowns underground in a subway. She lifts her head as the water comes; we see her dead body eerily float under water

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