Arrival

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
Arrival Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 11+

Great, deeply thoughtful, compassionate sci-fi tale.

PG-13 2016 116 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 29 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 63 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.

Stands out for and .

Community Reviews

age 11+

Whoa! Communication front and center!

Well shot, well acted, and sloooooow to burn, if you allow yourself, this film will envelop you, hold on to you and you will be content in its grasp. A complex narrative that has a lot of room to breathe in this low key film. Adams is convincing and the manipulation of time is genius. The aliens drew me in and I cared about their well-being. A wonderful film that centers the complexities of language lovingly and without judgement.
age 12+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

Character Strengths

Find more movies that help kids build character.

  • Holding hands
    Compassion
    See all
  • Kid looking through telescope
    Curiosity
    See all

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of a girl
    Great Girl Role Models
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a UFO
    Space and Aliens
    See all

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