Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Suspenseful, thoughtful alien-encounter classic.

PG 1977 132 minutes

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age 10+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 27 reviews

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age 12+

Great, but kinda scary

Awesome film—beautifully written and acted—but between the spooky alien encounters early on in the film (which are filmed and scored not unlike a horror movie) and the dad losing it toward the end (sobbing fully dressed in the shower, loudly fighting with his wife in front of the kids, shoveling dirt into his kitchen window), this was a lot to handle even for my 11-year-old. SPOILER ALERT: The end, with his kissing Barry’s mom and disappearing into an alien spaceship, leaving his family behind for who knows how long, didn’t really help either. Definitely worth seeing, and lots to talk about in the film, but I wouldn’t rush showing this one to pre-teens.
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Close Encounters Of The Third kind Movie Review By Logan Strohl

One of the best movies of all and both a classic and a masterpiece from Director Steven Spielberg. It still holds up to this very day. Released almost 45 years ago the same year that Star Wars was released. Both have become classics and masterpieces and still hold up to this very day. Why I would not called it my favorite Steven Spielberg movie of all time looking at you E.T. It is still one of my favorite Steven Spielberg movies of all time along with Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and of course E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial . Fun for the whole family and Steven Spielberg fans. His second best Alien movie along with E.T. :The Extra-Terrestrial. I also really enjoyed John Williams's score as well. Along with his other amazing movies that he has composed.

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