Licence to Kill

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Darker version of James Bond has more violence, language.

PG-13 1989 133 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 26 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Uff...what a mess, but Dalton does the best he can

Oh Timothy Dalton...I saw this film when it was first released (on cable) and thought it was forgettable. Upon seeing it again however I can say with more assurance that this film is a mess. The first 15 minutes are ALL OVER THE PLACE. And it just continues from there...however, if you take into consideration how the film is trying to compete with contemporary hits like Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, and Terminator then the choices make a bit more sense. Bond going through a film without an Aston Martin and without Q's superior tech and having him rely on his wits and fists was in interesting way to go, oh if only the story would stick together better. The Bond women are not necessarily known for their character development, but considering Talisa Soto's screen time the writers really seemed to just have her exist strictly for a male gaze exotic woman diet. She seems wasted in this meandering film.
age 15+

Has more violence and cursing than usual Bonds

Very gory and violent blood is shown in nearly every scene a mans head explodes at one point blood splatters all over one of the more darker bonds. Language includes bulls**t, s**t, a*s, b**tard, g*ddamn, da*n are used frequently. There is less sex than usual bonds though. This movie has a drug dealer as the criminal so you should expect lots of drinking, and smoking. Adults smoke frequently.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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