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Angels & Demons

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Talky, violent conspiracy thriller will bore kids and teens.

Movie PG-13 2009 130 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 15+


The reason I rated this 15 + is because young teens probably'll find this movie boring and dull because of the history. But as I wrote in the title, it's NOT as violent as everyone says. I was kind of scared to watch this because I looked at IMDB's parent guide which said the violence was 10/10 which is sick? The violence wasn't graphic, not even just a bit. There was violence, yes, but definitely not graphic. There was some shootings but you never got to see the wounds, a man committed suicide by lighting himself on fire but you just get to see his face through the fire flames (it's not damaged yet). A man slits another ones throat but you only hear a sound and then the man covers his wound. I don't find the violence disturbing and a 12 year old probably would've handled it fine, but I rated this 15 because of the storyline. It's about Illuminati and very historical. Not everyone will appreciate this since it's a special movie. I'm not sure people under 14 will get the plot. Maybe older wouldn't appreciate it either, I don't know. I have to admit I were kind of confused at some point. They talk a lot, it's slow moving and so predictable. It's not very exciting and boring for everyone who aren't into historical and religious stuff. I've seen Da Vinci Code and this isn't better, I prefer Da Vinci Code. Overall it's not the best movie but not the worst. Kind of fun at some times but can be very boring. No kissing or sexual scenes.

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age 14+

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (40 ):

Brown's thrillers are packed with so much exposition that it should come as no surprise that this sequel, like The Da Vinci Code, is overlong and way too talky. It's a bit preposterous to imagine that a priest -- much less a cardinal or the head of the Swiss Guard (Stellan Skarsgard) -- would need a lecture on major milestones in church history. But it's all for the audience's benefit, since few people understand the minutiae about how a pope is elected, what the Illuminati stood for, or even what anti-matter is supposed to achieve.

While director Ron Howard scores some extra points for downplaying the role of the hired assassin and including several high-speed car chases, there's just no saving Angels & Demons from getting mired in all of Brown's ridiculous, conspiracy-theory details. At least Hanks has a much less conspicuous haircut, and Ewan McGregor, as the late pope's right-hand man, is effective as a priest straddling progressive and conservative paths for the church. But the best part of the thriller isn't the story or the chases -- it's Armin Mueller- Stahl as Cardinal Strauss. He's truly one of the most versatile, international actors of his generation, and he's a pleasure to watch.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 15, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: November 24, 2009
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor , Tom Hanks
  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 130 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material
  • Last updated: March 10, 2023

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