The War of the Worlds (1953)

Movie review by Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Some grisly and scary parts. Not for young 'uns.

NR 1953 85 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 13 reviews

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age 8+

Fine for kids today

I watched this movie in the 70s when I was about 7. The alien ships scared me but not to the point of nightmares, if anything it left me a pretty solid fascination with outer space and science fiction. Now my 11 year old has seen it several times, he loves it and thinks, it's just as good if not better than the Tom Cruise version, pretty good that it can stand up to all of today's technology in movie making. The movie is campy, but those aliens are still creepy...You can't go wrong with a great retelling of an H. G. Wells story. There is some smoking, and violence, some folks get lasered away. There is a strong religious God rules all message as well, despite the Martians being obliterated by the science of bacteria and their lack of immunity, credit to the almighty was given. So some church vs science but most kids won't get that. All the folks and lifestyles are very America 1953, it's a time capsule of a film. I put an age 8 rating because of the violence.

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age 9+

A classic sci fi movie!

This was the first alien film on which the aliens are taking over the world. The graphics were amazing for the time, though of course it has aged, it still looks rather good compared to other sci fi movies at the time. It is fast paced and action packed, which is why I believe that War of the worlds aged so well. Though rated G, I would say in my opinion rated PG. The movie is rather intense!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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