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Cloak & Dagger

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Fantasy-adventure is exciting but full of dark mayhem.

Movie PG 1984 101 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

My childhood favorite

This was one of my favorite movies as a kid so I watched it with my kids a few years ago and they haven't stopped making fun of me for how inappropriate it was. It is rather violent
age 12+

Lots of Fun; but very violent, with some profanity. For older kids only.

This movie was tons of fun. I was rather surprised at how much I enjoyed myself while watching it. Henry Thomas and Dabney Coleman give great performances and give the film lots of heart. However, while this may look like an innocent little kids or family movie, parents of small children beware it is the exact opposite. Also keep in mind it came out in 1984 when PG rated films are PG-13 by today's standards. This movie is filled with violence, and has a huge subplot of adults endangering children and threatening to kill them. Some of the threatening adult villians are likely to scare younger viewers. There are also several shootings which result in characters dying, or being critically injured. The violence has very little or no blood and is fine for older tweens and teens but is inappropriate for smaller children. There is also some profanity, including uses of the "s" word. It's a really fun movie, just make sure your children are old and mature enough to handle the violence and threatening situations that happen to the characters. Younger children should avoid, in addition to the violence and profanity being too much for them, they are likely to be confused by the story or to lose interest in it altogether.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (6 ):

CLOAK & DAGGER is flawed, with gaping plot holes, unquestionably violent action sequences, and highly ineffectual adults. But kids (especially preteens who have a firm grasp on real versus make-believe violence) will find it appealing. Superheroes have been delighting audiences for generations; they embody all that's good, and they defeat all that's evil.

When the superhero is a normal 11-year-old boy, the audience can identify with him, and he's an even more appealing hero. Davey takes on a gang of evil spies, saves the country, avenges the death of his friend, and teaches his father a thing or two about parenting. For most kids, there's nothing better than that.

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