Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Movie review by Randy White, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Indy's first raucous adventure has peril, stereotypes.

PG 1981 115 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 108 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 240 reviews

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age 7+

High adventure, but some violence and cartoony gore.

Every parent has to make their own judgement call, but I knew my son (6) would love this movie and he did. The only part I was concerned about him seeing was the end sequence, but he wasn't phased at all. I imagine this would be intense for some children of his same age. These is some gore - primarily around the opening scene and the ending (in 2022 this looks pretty silly effects wise). Otherwise, some blood from fist fights. Some gun shooting and quite a fair bit of peril. There is drinking, smoking and a suggested sex scene (the camera cuts away before anything happens). There are some slower parts that might see children's attention wander, but one of the reasons I like to show my son movies from earlier periods is the slower pacing.
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age 18+

The Ending is a Short Horror Film

Great action, but as someone who was traumatized from the face-melting scene as a child, I HIGHLY discourage any parents letting their children, or even young teens for that matter, watching the ending. If you do choose or catch them watching the film, make sure you stop the movie right before the tables turn and tell them that they shouldn’t even think about watching it until they’re sure they can tolerate it, no matter how much they beg. Believe me, they will regret it. No minor should EVER be subjected to see something that graphic.

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Too much violence
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