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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Massive global destruction -- not for worriers.

Movie PG-13 2009 158 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 12+

Based on 40 parent reviews

age 12+
Too much destruction. And it is contain earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcano eruptions. It is not okay to watch this film for kids under 10.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 5+


I loved it from beginning to end, having a busy schedule the next day, I insisted on watching a little bit, well that didn't go as planned, I ended up watching the whole movie and found it extremely interesting "OBVIOUSLY", you don't usually see movies start with the exact events occurring right away, usually they start near the middle of the movie, but this one has you wanting to see what happens next.... MUST WATCH IT TO SEE FOR YOURSELF!!!!

This title has:

Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (40):
Kids say (173):

At best, it's a nearly three-hour film packed with several tons of clichés whose best features are explosions and general destruction. At worst, it's a gruesome, depressing subject as viewed from the seat of a passing roller coaster.

Disaster movies are usually very popular and have long managed to thrill plenty of people with their huge scale and awesome special effects. Since 2012 (which is tied to a much-debated Mayan prophecy that supposedly names that year as the one in which the world will end) is one of the biggest and most spectacular to date, it will no doubt follow suit -- and, in terms of visual effects and clear, exciting filmmaking, it is well done. And the impressive, appealing cast does its level best to read through the third-rate dialogue without too much eye-rolling. But anyone looking for character depth, powerful emotional content, intelligence, poetic images, or personal expression of any kind is advised to look elsewhere.

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