Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope

Movie review by Matt Springer, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Sci-fi action classic perfect for sharing with kids.

PG 1977 120 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 89 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 273 reviews

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age 11+

Rating completely off-base

This is the first CSM rating I've ever completely disagreed with. I understand there may be lots of parent Star Wars fans who can overlook the violence, but for most kids under 11, this is too much. There is a severed arm, burned bodies, a death by strangulation, and lots of warfare. My daughter (age 10) begged me to see it for the last two years and I finally relented based on CSM recommendations. Big mistake on my part.

This title has:

Too much violence
10 people found this helpful.
age 11+

Not for young ones at all!

I am really shocked that the CSM and the majority think this movie is "perfect for sharing with the kids" and appropriate for 7 year olds. Usually CSM seems super cautious in their ratings and we mentally add a couple years onto their age recommendation, but absolutely regretted putting this on to watch with our kids. First up, Luke's aunt and uncle (his effect parents) are murdered in a horrible fire. There is constant gun shoot outs (albiet no blood or gore). Darth Vader is quite scary. One of the characters cuts a guy's arm off. The main characters are almost crushed in a pit. My 8yo left the room and stopped watching a quarter way in, and we barely toughed it out to the end with our second child. And when all that stuff isn't happening, the story line is incredibly slow and all political talk. I don't understand how younger kids can even follow the story line at all. I just dont see how this is a movie good for kids at all.

This title has:

Too much violence
7 people found this helpful.

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