The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Trilogy conclusion has thrilling, violent battle scenes.

PG-13 2014 144 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 97 reviews

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age 18+

Tough viewing for adults

Aside from a couple of particularly graphic moments in the first two movies, we felt they were fine for our kid as long as we were watching with him and explaining things. I wish I'd read the reviews from all three movies before beginning, because we felt compelled to complete the story and honestly, it's the most obscenely graphic and horrific violence I think I've ever encountered on film. If the battle sequences were in another movie that wasn't based on a children's book and I was watching with my peers I would have loved it, but I definitely agree with an R rating for this final installment. From a values point of view, I have to say that it was mostly alright but Legolas' antics, Tauriel's forced romantic relationship and the incredible amount of damage that the main characters were able to withstand made it impossible to take things at all seriously.

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Too much violence
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age 12+

Extremely Violent - Disagree With 11 y/o Rating (no spoilers)

The violence in this movie could justify an R rating. It is nearly as violent as the movie "300". Decapitation after decapitation. My 10 y/o son and I read the book and watched the movies. 5 Armies is non-stop violence; more violent than the first two movies. I should not have let my son watch this. How does this film get an 11 y/o rating, while the late Harry Potter movies get a 12? Potter is extremely tame compared to this. This is one instance where the CSM editor got it wrong. I wouldn't be surprised to see them change the suggested age rating upward to at least 13. It would prevent other parents from making the same mistake I did.

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Too much violence
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