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Parents' Guide to

Jack the Giant Slayer

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Fantasy violence eased by humor in tween-friendly adventure.

Movie PG-13 2013 115 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 10+

Jack & The Beanstalk on Roids- 2000s version.

Really enjoyed watching this with my 10yr old. Some gruesome scenes, but generally tolerable. Mild romance, expected of a fairy tale. Some good messages about kindness, bravery and chivalry. All-in-all a good saturday night watch.
age 10+

Great movie!

This movie has twist and turns excitement and suspense!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (46 ):

The Princess Bride this is not. Yes, there's a compellingly duplicitous villain in Roderick and the understandably vengeful giants, but there's not much character development or clever dialogue, or even a particularly epic romance. The special effects and the scatological humor make it obvious that this fantasy is aimed at tween boys -- the only members of an audience who would laugh at a giant picking and then eating his own booger.

At least the leads are likable enough. Hoult, who also starred in the much more memorable Warm Bodies, is a talented young leading man, and Tomlinson is luminous and regal as the adventure-seeking princess. But neither their charm nor the rest of the impressive cast can fully overcome the film's weaknesses. The CGI eye candy will keep tweens and teens entertained, but in the end, for a movie about giants, there's not much weight to this spectacle.

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