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By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Alien sequel is bigger, faster, scarier.

Movie R 1986 154 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 11+

Your kid will love this movie!

Your kids will love this movie! It should of been PG-13 though not rated R. And its a good movie to show your preteens its not that violent. Theres only flamethrowers being shot at an alien and some swearing but overall this movie is 11 and up!
5 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Just Better

This movie is faster, scarier, and better than the original. This movie has great messages and role-models. This is definitely a 12-13+ movie because it isn’t actually that scary the only intense scene is with the facehuggers.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25):
Kids say (123):

This sequel to Alien is bigger, faster, and way more amped-up than the moody, gothic-style interplanetary chills of the original. If it errs, it does so when director James Cameron insists on squeezing every last cliffhanger out of a nightmare scenario about being stranded in a remote place with a bunch of vicious, clawed creatures out to get you. Cameron conjures up a strong Vietnam metaphor (or U.S. military misadventure of your choice) in the proud, gung-ho warriors charging into battle with their fancy hardware, only to get shredded to pieces by hordes of a primitive enemy that keeps on coming. And Aliens is more than a little hard to take seriously when Ripley, forsaking even body armor, slaps together a gun-flamethrower combo and charges alone into the alien nest.

The director really seems to go over the line with the manipulation, putting the screaming little (orphan) girl in hideous peril every time the opportunity arises, and conniving to make sure that opportunity always does. Commentators love to point out, though, that both Ripley and the queen alien are essentially driven by mothering instincts -- Ripley to find a replacement for the child she lost while is suspended animation -- and they serve as mirror images of each other.

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