12 Angry Men

Movie review by M. Faust, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Outstanding Henry Fonda jury classic is still relevant.

NR 1957 95 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 31 reviews

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age 13+

What a classic!

Fantastically well made, superb film! My Dad recommended this to me when I was younger and watched it when I was 12, everything was mostly fine, but younger kids might lose interest and there's a lot of drinking and sex references. Young kids won't acknowledge some of the adult jokes. Still a great film for 13 and up.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 8+

Required viewing to understand this crazy world we live in

Young kids will likely be bored to tears by this movie - and even older ones probably will be, too. If they can handle a whole movie of just talking, without any action or flashiness, and really appreciate the genius of the screenwriting, the fantastic performances and the direction by Sidney Lumet, this movie is required viewing. It is one of the most American films ever made, crucial to understand the pulse of the country in this and any age. The characters are timeless and the message is enough to give anyone hope, even in the darkest of times. Hopefully, this film will inspire kids who watch it to be the Juror #8 in their life. I cannot give this movie enough praise - your kids, on the other hand, may sleep through it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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