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By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Grim, nihilistic sequel in none-too-cheery series.

Movie R 1992 115 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 15+


It’s an ok movie it is key to the alien film series but… this movie was over the top and had a ton of bad language, violence, and sexual assault. This movie is a miss if you are not an alien fan but otherwise just take the time to watch it. But be warned it says the f word 85 times and it’s a mid movie.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
2 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Besides the obvious really bad CGI, this film is really good!

Alien 3 is a guilty pleasure for me, but I know a lot of people hate this movie, and will criticize me for liking it. I really like the way David Fincher captured the dark brooding essence of the film. I like that the filmmakers took a daring and risky leap of faith to do something different for the franchise. My one negative is the CGI. I understand it was new at the time and everybody wanted to use it, but it just doesn't look good. Though they still used some practical effects, and the Dog Alien looks so cool! I honestly really enjoyed it. 4/5 On violence, this is a Alien movie and this should be expected. Lots of carnage, people are clawed to death by the alien and killed with it's inner mouth. One character falls into a huge fan blade, and an alien bursts out of a dog. Most of this is bloody. 4/5 On language there is a lot of profanity including the F-word the B-word and the S-word, though most teens can handle the language. 1/5 on sexy stuff, Ripley briefly takes a shower, though nothing is shown. In all, Alien 3 is appropriate for 13+.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (46):

Grim and uncompromising, this movie was a troubled, expensive production that burned through an assortment of directors before it finally landed on the screen courtesy of filmmaker David Fincher. His work dwells on serial killers, crime, and the darkest sides of human nature -- but if cheering sci-fi fans thought that Fincher would continue the militaristic heroics of the previous Aliens, they were badly mistaken.

The original Alien seemed gloomy and gothic, more of a haunted-house chiller than the cosmic fairy tales popular at the time and Alien3 goes even further to convey a sense of desolation and hopelessness. There's not an ounce of humor here, but if there were, it would have to be someone saying to Ripley at some point, "It sure sucks to be you!" Weaver does a commendable job, in a very grueling physical performance that takes the beleaguered heroine to the outer limits of despair and ultimate sacrifice. But if science-fiction is meant to convey a "sense of wonder," the question here is "wonder who would find this entertaining?"

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