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MPAA Rated R for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity

Sex & Nudity

  • Bare buttocks of men are shown non sexual
  • Frontal male nudity can be seen when Teddy is walking by the prisoners.
  • A painting of a nude woman is seen.

Violence & Gore

  • A man stabs another with a needle full of sedative, this isn't bloody but can be quite shocking
  • When Teddy has a flashback to when he was at Dachau, the American soldiers line up the Nazi guards and open fire on the group. Some blood sprays but not overly graphic. The Nazis are shown being shot as they are riddled with bullets and an overhead shot shows the aftermath.
  • Little onscreen violence, but the aftermaths of many violent acts are shown and they are sometimes quite gruesome.
  • A man shoots another man twice in the chest. Blood sprays onto the wall behind, but it is quite unrealistic, and is very brief.
  • A man looks at paintings of people and various torture devices.
  • In one scene, a man is walking down a Nazi camp as he sees woman and children on the ground covered in blood. Very disturbing.
  • A man commits suicide, his body is later shown with blood all around it and one cheek is mangled from the bullet entering his face. This is the most graphic scene in the movie.I
  • A man face is very bruised and cut up from an offscreen beating.
  • A man jumps out at a person and strangles him, but he grabs him and punches him in the face, until somebody stops him.


  • One use of "nigger."
  • 19 f words
  • Profanity is pretty infrequent, especially when compared to other Scorsese films like The Wolf of Wall Street, Casino, Goodfellas, or The Departed.
  • High number of blasphemous misuses of "Jesus", "Jesus Christ", "god damn"

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man is a recovering alcoholic
  • A man is seen taking pills with a shot of liquor to cure a migraine.
  • People are seen being offered and are seen drinking alcoholic drinks.
  • Several men smoke cigarettes, cigars, and pipes in almost every scene.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The entire film is filled with disturbing, unnerving and scary images. Corpses of holocaust victims are shown spilling out of railroad cars. Bloody, dead bodies of children are shown up close. The main character has visions and dreams that become nightmarish. There are several jump scares, some more effective than others.
  • The whole film is incredibly bleak and disturbing, having an unrelentingly grim story as well as an ABSURDLY dark tone.
  • Disturbing images throughout, but nothing too extreme


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • A man has stitched scar on his face (aka. the fictional Andrew Laeddis). His face can be quite disturbing.
  • A man shoots his wife, blood is seen dripping from her clothes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The scene where the man shoots his wife is intense.
  • The ending is very depressing.
  • Heading towards the end, it's revealed that the protagonist is the missing killer Andrew Laeddis. The buildup is incredibly intense, and the reveal is very shocking.
  • In two scenes, where Dr. Cawley shows the picture of Andrew's children dead bodies and in the next scene where he hold the bodies and line them on the ground can be quite disturbing for both adult and young viewers.
  • The movie is quite dark and disturbing for certain viewers and precautions should be taken by these viewers.

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