Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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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

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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

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