Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
Apocalypto Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 18+

The bloody end of a civilization. Not for kids.

R 2006 148 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 33 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Entertaining? Yes, historically accurate? No

Its a great film although it contains graphic violence so may not be everyone’s cup of tea…however, despite other reviews commending it’s historical accuracy, it really isn’t an accurate depiction of Mayan culture at all. For example, the sacrificial scenes more closely resemble those described in Aztec culture; the general social set up leaves a lot to be desired & they meld events that really took place several hundred years apart (the decline of classical mayan culture & the arrival of the Spanish in 1502). Despite the glaring historical inaccuracies I think it’s a very entertaining watch - just don’t rely on it for a “book report!”
age 13+

Very Good

This movie is excellent and should be watched if you want to see how a failed civilization was living towards the end of their reign. The mayans were not the "peaceful people" you have been told. They were indeed messed up, but that was the way they lived.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • The New World Poster Image

    The New World

    Poetic telling of John Smith and Pocahontas myth.

    age 13+
  • The Fountain Poster Image

    The Fountain

    Epic sci-fi romance explores faith and love.

    age 14+
  • Braveheart Poster Image


    Mel Gibson's Oscared, bloody Scottish spectacle.

    age 17+

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate