The Invitation

Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Thriller about vampires has lots of blood but doesn't suck.

PG-13 2022 104 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 14+

'The Invitation,' now this, is a good one!!

Finnnnaly . . a movie that is sure to be as iconic in macabre & horror as Phantom of the Opera, Alien, or, Halloween. Nathalie Emmanuel & Thomas Doherty nail it. They both do a superb job of acting, and, luring the audience into the demonic domain. It's a horror film that will have you nail biting right out of the gate. Unpredictable and twists galore, it'll be a head spinner as to what will come next. And, a lengthy enough ending to fully justify satisfaction guaranteed. Without saying too much about it, 'Invitation,' suggests a possible love story, and walking into the sunset, or, just maybe something altogether different. Like as stated in a football game, where one team commits an error . . it simply comes down to . . 'you make the call.' This movie becomes fast paced when it needs to be. And as musically intense as necessary to keep you on the edge of your seat. If you miss this one in the big theater, you will have surely been cheated out of among the best in this genre. Prepare for what I'm going to say, will be this year's best thrill seeker . . The 'Invitation.' It will also be - in my opinion - a movie that can be enjoyed by a varied audience, as the level of gore is tastefully toned down. The film is also negligibly risquè. And Nathalie projects a fine quality of innocence, but, one who can be quite self-assertive, and, not afraid to speak her mind. She's inspirational to all girls who find themselves in awkward and precarious situations, and, who holds true to her convictions.

This title has:

Great role models
age 18+

This title has:

Too much violence

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