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Parents' Guide to

Atomic Blonde

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Powerful woman at core of stylish, very violent spy story.

Movie R 2017 115 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 18+

Adult movies are for adults, imo

Fun show, despite the weakness mentioned by others - average plot, etc. Nudity, foul language, drugs, smoking, sex scenes are rather graphic, and same-sex sexuality pervade this movie. Not for kids of any age, imo.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 17+


Wasnt sure if i was watching a movie or a porn show. Clearly thought the sex and nudity was placed in to cover over the lack of plot.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Theron fights, punches, kicks, and shoots her way through this beautifully choreographed, narratively complex, but slightly sluggish action movie from one of the makers of John Wick. Former stuntman David Leitch produced and co-directed (without credit) that Keanu Reeves film; given that it and Atomic Blonde are the same kind of nonstop, action-based stories, it's hard not to compare them. But when you do, this film comes up a little short. While John Wick was tightly constructed, visually playful, and stripped down to the point of existentialism, Atomic Blonde runs a bit too long, hits some slow patches, and requires quite a bit of work to follow.

Nevertheless, it stands head and shoulders above most shaky-cam action movies with its gorgeous fight footage. A scuffle involving a yellow garden hose is amazing. Another sequence, in which Lorraine must whisk away a wounded Spyglass and defend him from armed attackers, takes place in extremely long takes with combatants working from all kinds of angles, with all kinds of props, getting realistically exhausted as the fight rages on. It's also heartening to see Theron taking punches, collecting bruises, and still getting back up on her feet. She's no Wonder Woman, but she's still pretty awesome.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 28, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming: November 14, 2017
  • Cast: Charlize Theron , James McAvoy , Sofia Boutella
  • Director: David Leitch
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Run time: 115 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sequences of strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity
  • Last updated: October 14, 2022

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