Apocalypse Now

Movie review by Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Disturbing tale of war horrors isn't for kids.

R 1979 153 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 29 reviews

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age 18+


It is an absolute mess. I watched it when I was young and it traumatizing me still. When I saw that scene of a water buffalo being hacked to death in such a violent and brutal way, I still think about it. I could NEVER watch it again. And Coppola should be ashamed for putting in such a scene! Horrible!

This title has:

Too much violence
age 17+

Not Suitable for Vegans or Children

This film is something that I have known about for a long time and wanted to watch for several years to find out what all the fuss was about, but I have to ask myself was it worth the wait. No, I don't think so. It is very well acted, but it is not entertaining and it is too frightening to watch except in small segments with a great deal of looking away and fast forwarding past the gore. Anyone who watches this will probably think about having to go vegetarian afterwards. This would be far too shocking or difficult to watch for most young people and teenagers, and certainly not for children under seventeen. The misbehaviour of people en masse is explored on several occasions, and things get completely out of control.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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