All Quiet on the Western Front

Movie review by Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Classic anti-war epic tells dire, exhausting tale.

NR 1930 136 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 9+

This war movie is... acceptable

PG: some violence and mild brief language
age 14+

Heartbreakingly powerful view of Germans fighting in WWI

Even though this movie is over eight decades old, it is still very intense in depicting its war scenes. I was very impressed by this film that shows how war affects these German soldiers, who are convinced that war is made up of noble fighting. Instead, the movie shows that nobody escapes the effects of fighting. The acting is overall very good for the 1930's, though sometimes the actors overact. The war sequences feature shootings, stabbings, explosions, and one fleeting image of a pair of hands still holding onto a wire. Other than the violence, there is off-screen sexual activity and some flirting between some soldiers and women (there are some glimpses of partial male rear nudity). Some scenes show soldiers drinking and getting drunk. The movie is so sad, but it is worth watching because of the portrayal of war, and of its effects on soldiers who try to help each other get through it. 8.5/10

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