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Common Sense Media says

Dated but still extremely scary. Not for younger kids.
 

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Teen, 16 years old Written byevolinag December 17, 2012
 

Classic Science Fiction masterpiece is too intense for younger viewers.

"Alien" is a science fiction movie by Ridley Scott released in 1979. ------------------------------------------------- Being released in the late 70s, "Alien" was way ahead of its time. Comparing it to other classics of that era (e.g. Star Wars), this movie has a completely different way of athmosphere and plot. The protagonists are normal people like you and me, no heroic and unrealistic beings you can't identify with. However, propably the only person having real heroism is the main character of Ellen Ripley, who is a strong woman. She always stays powerful and clear in mind, no matter how desperate the situation is. Also, "Alien" is a movie you can watch again and again, without getting boring. It still stays suspenseful and well-made no matter often you watch it. There is a scene set in a ventilation shaft that is going to get you every time. It also is one of the few movies that has a plot like this without being ridiculous. You should take this movie as serious as any critical drama - this is no average sci-fi-horror flick. Maybe it will help you to know that this is directed by Ridley Scott, who will later be awarded for his superb history movie, "Gladiator". "Alien" is deeply intelligent and of an adult nature, and is one of the best of its genre. Or even the best! --------------------------------- You need to know that "Alien" has its violent and intense moments and needs caution. It takes the same caution that "Terminator" takes, another classic science fiction horror movie. There is one scene in which an alien baby bursts out of a man's stomach, with blood splattering everywhere. Also, several people are killed by the Alien, but it is mostly off-screen or extremely brief. The whole athmosphere is suspenseful, and has a few shock moments. But also, you have to keep in mind that it was made in 1979 and that younger viewers, who are used to modern horror or science fiction movies. There are 5 f-words, with language on the border of a PG-13. Like mentioned before, it takes the same caution as "The Terminator". Both movies have some R-violence, but because of its depiction and the many references in modern pop culture, should be okay for teens anround 12 and up.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byLu Bu December 2, 2012
 

Not Sigourney's best

Oh good lord, If you thought African Cats was boring and gross, you should really see this movie. This was just flat-out disturbing. Most of the guys were idiots for not incinerating those aliens. Well, at least the smart one survived at the end.
Adult Written bycritic sense November 4, 2012
 

Recommended Rating: 14+ for moderate violence, intense/frightening scenes and brief strong language

Although this classic sci-fi/horror film is not very gory, it maintains an intense and dark atmosphere throughout. There are many jump scares and some scenes may be too frightening for younger viewers. The chestburster scene is the only real violent part of the whole film. A baby alien bursts from a man's stomach and blood splatters everywhere. There is a bit of strong language, including 5 F-words, but it's quite brief. There are also some mild sexual references, including a non-explicit portrayal of nude women on pornographic magazines. Some characters smoke cigarettes in the film.
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Parent of a 10 year old Written bymrfredcarrey October 22, 2012
 

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alien is ok just the part when kane get a alien in his chest and it pop out and it shooting blood but it a good movie
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Teen, 13 years old Written bySomeoneYouDon'tKnow October 21, 2012
 

A real sci-fi/horror classic

This movie is amazingly shot, breathtakingly atmospheric, and almost completely flawless. It has all the tension of a good horror film and all the awesome special effects of a good sci-fi film. The tension was brilliantly handed, showing almost none of the actual alien and leaving much to the viewer's imagination. The musical score was awesome, with some quiet, tense dings, but some loud bursts for the scenes with the Alien. The acting is also great for the time, especially Sigourney Weaver and Ian Holme. The script is also witty and realistic, but dead serious when it wants to be. There are some good twists in the plot that keep the film going, and it all works up to a great ending that leaves you a hungry for a sequel, but not enough so that it's not an entertaining movie in its own right. It's chilling, atmospheric, dark, grim, brooding, bloody, and one of the best films of the 1970s.
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Parent of a 2 year old Written bygerbowski October 7, 2012
 

Scary, but good.

A great classic in the sci-fi horror genre.
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Parent Written bygrapelover46 September 12, 2012
 

It's an okay sci-fi movie with gore.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byZoemily August 30, 2012
 

Hug a pillow+Junk food=The perfect movie experience

This is one of the best classic sci-fi horror movies! It is perfectly directed and Sigourney Weaver became one of the first popular female heros in a horror movie. However, it is extremely gory, violent, and scary. It contains heavy amounts of coarse language and smoking. Know your child. Would you let them watch this?
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Kid, 9 years old August 25, 2012
 

Alien

an excellent film not for kids but truely enjoyable, gore and frighnting scences
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Teen, 13 years old Written byFILMCRITIC500 August 22, 2012
 

Scott's epic sci-fi classic is scary, but perfect for young teens

a pure gem to sit through, this film is great from the opening credits to the final words. younger kids and adults will enjoy this suspenseful frightfest, but some of the violence and language may be to intense for younger tweens. there is plenty of terror, but not much violence. there are chases, torchings, shootings, proddings, cuttings, a decapitation of a robot which then spews oil and fake flesh everywhere, a massive explosion, and the iconic scene of the chestburster exploding from Kanes chest, spewing blood everywhere. there is some strong language with uses of f**k, sh** and a**
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Adult Written bydarkknightrises232 July 14, 2012
 

Too bloody and disturbing for children.

People are ripped to death by the alien(bloody), and the alien comes out of a guy's stomach(extremely bloody). There is three uses of f--k.
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Teen, 15 years old Written byMovieCritic1415 July 6, 2012
 

Alien is NOT for young teens, preteens, and younger children.

Alien is an excellent blend of horror and mild violence. While not visually stunning and gory, Alien has some very STRONG themes that are expressed in scenes of unrelenting suspense. I have rated this movie 15+ because the suspense can cause younger kids to become extremely uncomfortable and paranoid. If you are squeamish, it isn't a big deal. No gore is present in the movie although a particular alien life form has a rather gross (again, themed) way of interacting with humans. Overall, if you want a thrill, or your kids want a thrill, why not take the spaceship of Alien, for a ride!
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Kid, 9 years old June 1, 2012
 

GREAT MOVIE!

I wasnt even bad great flick
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Kid, 11 years old June 1, 2012
 

Not As Scary As You Would Expect

NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS NOT A REVIEW OF THE NEW DIRECTOR'S CUT. After reading so many reviews of this film, I thought I was in for a real fright. So I went to the library to borrow it. I got home at nighttime, and thought I would watch it the next day during the daytime. So I did exactly that. I found it somewhat atmospheric, chock full of jump scenes, gory, but it wasn't nightmare-inducing. I mean, the alien is in space, so how could it be in your house, right? It just wasn't that scary, but that doesn't mean I didn't like it. I actually loved the thrilling journey onboard the Nostromo from the first frame. I didn't rate it 5 stars because it was a bit slow-moving at times. I think CSM got it wrong on the "dated" part, because it was visually stunning. Now, in the year of 2012, it still grasped me with the sets and awesome special effects. The acting is pretty good, especially by Sigourney Weaver, who plays the main antagonist. The editing is well done. Fun Fact: the original cut of the film was 3 hr. 12 min! Ridley Scott enthralled me with his superb direction of the lingering shots of the Nostromo, creating immaculate atmospheric effect. The script was pretty okay, I guess. Nothing special here. Now, for the parental review. For violence, there is a lot. A lot of gore (will be explained later). Flamethrowers, guns, weapons, electric weapons, the whole package. *SPOILER ALERT* Ash beats up Ripley. Parker then knocks his head off. The gap between the neck and head has human parts and wires mixed together. Gross. In the next scene, it is shown in detail, and they connect the tubes together to make Ash say how to kill the alien. After that, before leaving the room, Parker uses a flamethrower to put flames to Ash's head and burn it. After one flash of flame, you see flesh on the head. After another, you see hard solid material in the shape of the head. Gory. *SPOILER END* For sexual content, there are pictures of naked women in one scene, and it's very explicit, but it's blurred out and the main focus is on Ash. Also, for getting ready for sleep, Ripley strips down to a shirt and panties. In the language department, there are about 5 F-bombs and mild obscenities. For drinking, there is very little drinking visible. There are no positive messages and role models, it's just all very intense. I wouldn't call this a classic, just a unique sci-fi horror.
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Kid, 8 years old May 29, 2012
 

best for mature kids my age;from nut head

only the most mature kids.i'm only eight,i've seen an hour and 25 minutes and wasn't scared once!I say (R,for some strong blood, brief gore, some violence) i didn't see it all yet! looking forward to the end.
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Adult Written byhomey335 May 28, 2012
 

Great 70s movie, but gory and some profane.

Violence: 8/10- Gory and violent attacking. Sexual Content: 6/10- A charcter strips. Language:7/10- 5 or 6 uses of f**k, along with godd*mn and b*tch. Drinking and drugs: 2/10- Beer is visible. Frightining scenes: 9/10- Extremely scary, espicially for younger viewers. Drinking and drugs: 2/10-
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Adult Written byDieForDethklok May 16, 2012
 

Alien

Violent. Scary. Enough stated.
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Teen, 15 years old Written by80sfan8 May 14, 2012
 

Tame for today's standards

Besides the chestburster scene this movie is tame for today's standards. There are posters of topless women in one scene, but not too noticable. Nothing a mature person can't handle.
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Teen, 13 years old Written bydavstern May 14, 2012
 

Might scare kids, will be adventurous to teens.

I rate Alien iffy for ages 14-15 Parents need to know that although Alien is not as violent as it sounds, it still is pretty violent. It would still earn an R rating today, but it wouldn't be in the the gore-fest group. VIOLENCE: 4/5- A few but bloody alien attacks, usually w/ a lot of blood, sometimes spurting. A particularly disturbing scene is when a crew member is eating dinner, and starts to choke, and an alien tries a few times to come out if his chest, and eventually succeeds. Some may find it disturbing when Ash beats up Ripley. The alien itself may scare some. PROFANITY: 0/5- Only a few F words, other average PG13 language. SEX: 0/5- P-rn posters can briefly be seen while Ash beats up Ripley Movie related to Alien Aliens Predator The Thing Alien vs Preadator Aliens
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Kid, 12 years old April 24, 2012
 

Not the scariest, but will scare young kids.

This movie is not bloody, however aliens eat some people. An alien comes out of someone's stomach. There is not too much language. I remember a few f words. There are a few what the h**l's. I think there are a few s words. An attack of a man beating up the woman. SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!! The human appeared to be a robot. Spoiler alert done. When something bad is about to happen, the woman saves a cat's life. Some drinking at dinner, but not too much. The nunity is a little of skin on the belly of a woman ahowen and very little of her butt is shown. Since this movie isn't bloody, but still violent, this movie should be good for anyone 15 and up.
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