Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that A Walk Among the Tombstones is a crime thriller starring Liam Neeson as private investigator Matthew Scudder (a character previously played by Jeff Bridges in 1986's 8 Million Ways to Die). There's lots of gritty violence, including shoot outs, fighting, and blood. Women and teens are kidnapped and terrorized (one is threatened with having one of her breasts sliced off). A boy is beaten up, a young girl is shot, and another young girl is kidnapped. The kidnappers have gruesome ways of disposing with bodies, including chopping one up into bits. Language is strong, including several uses of "f--k" and "s--t." The main character is a recovering alcoholic, eight years sober, who attends AA meetings; he's shown drinking in a flashback. Another major character is a drug addict who smokes cigarettes. Sex is seen in a set of photographs, and topless women are shown in paintings, but there's nothing involving the major characters.
The killers rip open a woman's clothes, and her breasts are briefly shown. One character has a selection of paintings of naked (topless) women on his wall. A man has a collection of photos taken of a coupe having sex in an apartment across the street; no sensitive body parts are shown.
A pair of kidnappers abducts two women and a 14-year-old girl. One of the women is shown gagged during the opening credits. In another sequence, the men threaten to slice off one of the woman's breasts (making her choose which one). One woman is chopped into pieces and put into little bags. The girl's fingers are chopped off. Several chases, shoot outs, and fights. The killers use wire around the neck to strangle victims. Plenty of blood is shown. A man commits suicide by jumping from the roof of a building. A young girl is accidentally shot, and a young boy is beaten up.
"F--k" and "s--t" are used several times. "Bitch" is used.
The movie's world is grim and hopeless -- one in which even good people end up doing bad things from time to time.
Drugs / Tobacco /
The main character is a recovering alcoholic. In a flashback, he's seen drinking shots in a bar. But in the main story, he's sober and goes to AA meetings. Another character is a drug addict and is seen smoking cigarettes.