American Sniper

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Powerful, personal, violent story of war and its aftermath.

R 2014 134 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 39 reviews

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age 18+

Among the Best War Films

In American Sniper, Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper come together to create one of the best war movies of all time. Telling the story of real Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the film is as much a documentary as it is a drama or war movie. Emotional and compelling, the story sheds light both on the experience of men going to war and of their families back home dealing with the struggle and worry that comes with having a family member in the service. The film is cinematiclly beautiful and well acted, with Bradley Cooper in particular giving his all as Chris Kyle and Sienna Miller likewise giving an emotional and memorable performance. Being a war story, American Sniper has considerable graphic war violence as well as pervasive harsh language. The sexual content is nicely contained and not explicit. For anyone seeking strong role models or admirable characters, Chris Kyle is a truly good man. His conduct in war and at home show his patriotism and respect for others and his sacrifice and compassion for fellow soldiers/veterans is to be emulated. This film is not for kids or for adults who are sensitive to violence and language but it is an important film for Americans to see. There's something for everyone here with the military story, family drama, and a profound emotional reaction only Clint Eastwood can really create. This film has five stars from me and my recommendation to anyone who can handle the violence.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
age 18+

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R: disturbing brutal sequences of intense shooting and pervasive language

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