Natural Born Killers (1994) - Parents Guide Movie Rating

Natural Born Killers
MPA: R BBFC: 18 Maturity Rating 18+
MPAA Reason
Rated R for extreme violence and graphic carnage, for shocking images, and for strong language and sexuality.

BBFC Reason
strong bloody violence, sexual violence

BBFC Ratings info
NATURAL NORN KILLERS is a US crime thriller in which a dysfunctional young couple become a media sensation as they embark on a killing spree. Violence: Scenes include shootings, stabbings, a dismemberment, and beatings, with resultant bloody injury detail. Sequences of sexual violence include a man raping a hostage, a man strangling a topless woman, a woman being beaten and threatened with rape, and verbal references to child abuse. There is use of strong language ('f**k', 'motherf**ker') and brief sexualised nudity.

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Sex & Nudity


The Director's Cut contains an addition of a rape scene. The woman with Scagnetti in the motel room also wears no bra in the director's cut. A fully clothed man is shown being masturbated underneath a table. Brief sex scene between Mickey and Mallory, not that graphic A man briefly puts his mouth around a woman's bare nipple very close up. This is shown twice. In the floor hundreds of full nude women in magazines Bare breasts are briefly shown when a women is showering

Violence & Gore


The director's cut includes many scenes that were not included in the R-rated version, like a man getting shot through the hand, more footage of the prison riot, and more. The R-rated version is still extremely violent. The director's cut has scenes of graphic violence that weren't in the R-rated version, such as a bloodier and gorier version of the opening fight scene, Ed's death, the death of the drug store clerk (the preceding shootout was always uncut), the shootout in the interview room, Cavanaugh's death, Gale's hand getting shot, the warden's death, Wayne's crew getting gunned down, Mickey and Mallory's prison break during the full scale riot, and Wayne Gale's death plus two other extensions consisting of Mallory getting beaten by the cops and a longer beating for Mickey both after the drug store shootout. A shot of a headless and bloodied man appears a few times, but only for a few seconds each. Rated R for: extreme violence and graphic carnage for shocking images and for strong language and sexuality Much of the violence is stylized, but there are exceptions, notably the prison scenes and bar fight/beating. Mickey and Mallory kill almost everyone they see, no matter who they are, and not feel any remorse. Most of the victims (bartenders, shop assistants, civilians, etc.) are innocent. Some (mildly) grisly images are shown in brief flashes through the film. A girl beats up a man, then kicks him and blood flies across a table. She stomps on his head and breaks his neck. A man shoots a woman and it shows the bullet fly in slow motion until it hits the woman's head and chunks fly on the wall. A knife gets thrown through a window and sticks in a man's back. When the opening title appears, you hear a gunshot and see blood go down the screen. You see various quick scenes of wolves ripping apart prey. You see various scenes of people covered in blood. A man is hit in the head with a crowbar. Many people are shot, with moderately bloody results. A woman is cut beneath her breast. There are two scenes of blood on the screen. Police officers beat a man. A man is put in a washer. A man is put in a cooking oven. Briefly shown. Many people are strapped to chairs and their necks are sliced. A man is hit on the head with a pan. A man is shot in the hand and you see through his hand (unrated version only). A man gets his head cut off and stuck up on a pole (unrated version only). The police force shoots one of their own men. A man is grabbed and hung upside down and his back is broken.



"Ass" and "asshole" are used several times. Over 80 uses of "f--k" One use of c-t Tommy lee jones characters swears like a madman 1 use of "Jesus Harold Christ" "Bitch," "sh-t," and "c--ksucker" are used many times.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking


Mickey and Mallory drink beer at a restaurant in the opening scene. A man drinks from a flask. A man takes non-prescribed pills at the end. Many people smoke cigarettes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


A woman is burnt to death.