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Alien sequel is bigger, faster, scarier.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byzazmopepperz February 18, 2010

Not that violent and barely any strong language

This film is actually not that scary or violent, and theirs not much bad language either. This film nowhere near deserves and 18+ the new alien vs predator movies are more gory and they are 15+. The film in my opinion may have been able to pass as a 12+. Anywho enough about age ratings; the film is amazing. James Cameron himself said he couldn't top alien but he did. I congratulate him for this film and hope him the best.
Adult Written byJuggernaut93 May 4, 2011

Not for kids.

Aliens is one of my favorite movies ever, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone but older kids and adults. It is a cinema masterpiece, but not a kid friendly one. First off, violence. Though not as bad as modern horror movies like Saw and all that other crap (which I will never watch or review) in terms of gore, it can still get a bit intense. To fully grasp this, you need to know something about the monsters in this film. They are insect-like hive creatures. The queen lays an egg, which hatches into a spider-like creature. This creature searches for humans, and leaps onto their faces, forcing an alien embryo down their throats, knocking them unconscious in the process. Later the person wakes up, and feels fine. However, the embryo grows gradually inside the victim, until it eats it's way out of their chest in a shower of gore. This is shown in great detail in one scene. Also, the creatures spurt green blood when shot, which is acidic, and eats into human flesh. The creatures also bite, stab, claw, and impale humans, though with little blood. Aside from all that, there is the issue of language. F*** and other words are used liberally and often in this film. As for sexual content, there really isn't much, aside from some jokes told by the soldiers. In short, this is strictly a teens-and-adults-only film. Make sure the kids are in bed before you watch this one.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byjohnwi312 December 27, 2009

Intense and amazing. OK for all teens.

Aliens has intense violence and some profane language, but is totally fine for any young teens or even mature older kids. Awesome movie, the tension never lets up - I slightly prefer Alien, but Aliens is also one of the best sci-fi movies out there.
Teen, 16 years old Written byBrenblank August 25, 2010

3 stars? The film is great.

I was 11 the first time I saw this film and it was great. There are a few scenes that are too violent for young kids, but the worst are the chest-bursters. And you see those twice in the entire movie. Aliens has minor cursing, but it's nothing kids wouldn't hear when their parent(s) does something along the lines burning themselves while cooking. It's absurd for people to comment on the "frequent use of guns" by the characters--they're Marines! The only drug/alcohol use in the film is the cigars that are smoked by Sergeant Apone when the marines are introduced. The "bad role models" are the characters who aren't meant to be viewed as role models. The characters who are meant to be viewed as role models are clear, as they differ from the rest--examples being Ripley, who is a traumatized innocent that conquers her fears, and Hicks, a quiet, down to earth "grunt" that has his act together. There are few scenes of "ghastly violence" against the little girl in the film, one where she ACCIDENTALLY gets shot at (no harm comes to her) and another where she and Ripley are in a room with two parasites. This is a PG-13 film that can be viewed by kids of younger ages who understand the difference between reality and fiction.
Adult Written byblenjaminrod July 4, 2015

The perfect action movie - A must show to kids to teach them the good and the bad of action films.

Aliens is the magnum opus of all action films, one of the finest examples to show to your kids of what a great movie really is. There is no sex, no nudity of any kind. There's funny, well-written and extremely memorable characters. The foes are scary and must be destroyed, nothing morally wrong with kicking these aliens' butts. The film actually deals with this in an interesting way, the company wanting to spare the aliens - not because they care for them or anything, but because they want to study them (and most likely use them as weapons/or something else unnatural). Ripley is a great hero all the way through, aided by a group of marines who seem like jerks in the beginning, but really flesh out towards the end. The special effects were fantastic for it's day, and still hold up incredibly well - if this movie were made today, every alien would be a gray computer generated lump running around in 3D, which would destroy..honestly the entire film. The aliens are scary because they feel real - real props, models, puppets, and people in suits were used, which delivers a really visceral feeling to every encounter. The violence is not gratuitous, but instead very courageous and heroic. There are scary moments ... but ... really stop shielding your children from everything. This film is a classic. The younger generations need to see films like these so we get more great, inspired creative minds creating epic films and other forms of media such as this in the future. If you wait too long to show your kids this film, they'll look at it and pick it apart. You can't protect them from everything, so they would already be exposed in some way to (or at least hear of) more violent / scary things, most likely stupid things too. Like cheap run of the mill "found footage" nonsense, and they will get a misguided perception of the horror genre. This film educates, really. Aliens is a classic (and so is the first film, Alien) It's a great movie for younger people to see, as it might give incite to them as to what a great film is.
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Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bySomeoneYouDon'tKnow October 21, 2012

Can't match the first film, but still thoroughly entertains

Like the first film, Aliens is a big-top, blood-splattering sci-fi attraction. But it's much more of an action movie and less a horror movie than the first film, which is a bit of a downside for me, as someone who was stricken by the first film's subtle chills. On the one hand, there is more gore and violence than the first film, as well as a bigger budget and better special effects. But that crucial sense of dread, claustrophobia, and undying fear that we found in the first film is not present here, which is the film's biggest flaw. I also didn't think the characters were all that likable, and the script/dialogue felt contrived at times. But the special effects and sets felt better rendered and believable than they were in the first film, and the alien queen looks freaking awesome. There are some more revelations about the aliens here, and Ripley continues her character development, with a typically strong performance from Sigourney Weaver. Carrie Henn is excellent as Newt, with a good face, good emotional intensity, and a relatable personality. Paul Reiser was kind of hoaky as the slimy Company executive, and I kind of saw it coming when (SPOILERS!) it was revealed that he wanted the alien alive. And I thought Michael Biehn gave a flat and contrived performance that didn't really fit in. So, even there are some elements that improve upon the first film, I think I'll always prefer the dark and gothic chills of the first film. Even so, this movie is innovative and inventive in its own right, and looks even better in the extended version.
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 9 years old August 24, 2010

epic!

this movie is epicness!!!! its rlly vilent at times, but it dusnt get rlly rlly bad lik sum movies lik alien vs predator, ewww that was nasty. this is a gud movie, any1 10 or older shuld definately see this movie!
Teen, 13 years old Written byaustant September 5, 2016

ALIENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

best movie ever i say 13 and up because heavy use of f--k b--h all in all it is the best movie ever i love aliens
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Great role models
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byNicky0250 June 7, 2016

Dark, Gory and Profanity-laden with tremendous pacing. 3 stars, I think not!

Aliens is the sequel to Sir Ridley Scott's brilliant sci-fi horror. It continues the story of Ellen Ripley, the only survivor of the first film when she awakens from cryogenic hibernation 57 years later, she reluctantly goes back the planet where her nightmare began: LV-426. But this time she is backed up by a squad of very heavily armed Marines, to compensate for that amount of firepower James Cameron took the liberty of putting more emphasis on action instead of suspence and added a lot more aliens (or Xenomorphs if you want to know there real species name, it's also shown that the planet colony the film takes place in is home to 157 families, so that's about 628 monsters). The violence of the film is ramped up, many of the aliens are shot with acid blood spewing everywhere (one of the marines is shown to have been killed by it, two others are hit with it, but survive). Language is at the usual Hard R level.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byMysticalFox August 11, 2015

AMAZING

This Is An Awesome Fun Action Packed Thriller,Some Swears Here And There Nothing To Bad,No Nudity Just Some Blurred Posters,A lot Of Explosions And Gunfire But More Entertaining Than Scary,Anyways It Is Fine To Have A Child Watch This Only If 10 Or Up,9 Is Fine But Not Recommended,But Great Film
Kid, 12 years old April 22, 2012

Okay for 14 & up

Sex: 2/10- when they rise from their sleep, men are only in underwear and woman only have panties and a shirt on. Violence: 8/10- a woman has a bad dream about a parasite bursting through her chest. Aliens are killed with guns. A parasite bursts through a womans chest. Near the and of the movie, a man is ripped in half Language: 4/10- moderate profanity Drugs: 1/10- in the beginning of the movie, a woman smokes
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 13 year old Written byabrahm January 30, 2011

Aliens review

a great movie. Should be allowed to mature teenagers
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 17 year old Written byblarghmonstaz August 24, 2010

Great movie for tweens +

Incredible science-fiction thriller. It's honestly not that violent, and there's no sex. The language is coarse at times, but basically remains moderate throughout the movie. Some strong violence I suppose at times, but it's never over the top. This movie isn't one you want to miss; it may be rated R, but by today's standards, It would probably be Rated PG-13 for Intense sequences of sci-fi violence, terror, and language. This is definately one film you don't wanna miss!
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Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written byNOname123 November 27, 2016

Classic James Cameron, the best!

Moderate horror, however there is more action than that. The aliens explode apart spraying acid blood at the marines, the alien queen may scare some viewers. A chestburster burrows its way out a woman's abdomen, some blood pours out. Viewers age 14 and up should see this.
Adult Written bysusan l. October 23, 2016

iffy violent alien movie.

I was disappointed. it was filled with violence. Still good.
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Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byWar_Badger123 October 17, 2016

More violent sequel that teens can take.

Overall, this sequel has more profanity and much more violence. The violence is in quick flashes and the gruesome deaths are mainly off-screen. I think that ages 13+ can watch this.
Kid, 12 years old September 17, 2016

Great sequel is scary and violent

This film is the sequel to the film Alien. Although it is not as scary as the original the aliens are still freaky, and look more realistic. There is a lot more violence than the original including aliens bursting out of chests, alien face suckers sucking off faces, aliens tearing people to shreds and humans shooting at aliens. Although there it is not particularly gory alien blood spurts and occasionally some human blood and guts are shown. The language includes s--t, f--k, d--k, ass and bitch. Also there are some mild sex jokes.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old September 8, 2016

uh ... a line from the movie

This is a good movie James Cameron has some great talents. The 2 problems I have are small. 1 it's long it did not need to be this long. 2 the continuity is not good I'm talking about in this movie not the continuity from alien to this movie other than that it's a good movie. A-
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Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written bycarolinaboy March 21, 2016

Great Movie

This movie shaped me as a person and Ripley is a personal role model to me.
Adult Written bylemieuxr March 20, 2016

Best action sci fi movie of all time

First of all, making a review based on the fact that its not a kid movie is a non sense stupid way to proceed. That movie is a piece of art like we dont see too much. Its not only an impressive action special effect movie but got a great story to with good acting not for nothing Weaver was nominated for best actress... Say that movie is just a gore violent movie its extremely wrong and Im asking myself if the person who wrote the review for the site was drunk or something when he write that biaised crap.

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