Ben 10: Alien Swarm

Movie review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Teen hero takes on aliens in kid-friendly action flick.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Ben must stand up to Grandpa Max and defy orders to help out a friend in trouble -- showing that sometimes you have to do what you know is right, even when it's hard or complicated.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ben and his fellow Plumbers willingly risk their lives for the sake of the planet, though they don't always agree with each other as they're doing so. Ben's cousin Gwen is a strong female character.


Several fight scenes involving superpowers and alien brawling, but the action is relatively tame overall.


Very mild flirting and a few chaste kisses on the cheek.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this live-action film based on the popular Ben 10 animated series follows the adventures of a secret team that combats evil alien invaders. Hero Ben Tennyson is older here than in the last live-action Ben 10 movie, but Alien Swarm is still clearly aimed at tweens. Luckily, most of the content is age-appropriate for them -- there are several relatively tame fight scenes, some very mild flirting, and a few verbal clashes between team members who have different ideas about how to handle the threat.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGarfield Leg August 29, 2019

Perhaps the greatest film of our generation

This isn't just a beautifully crafted Ben 10 film. Or an outstanding Ben 10 portrait, for that matter. An amazing period piece. A character study. A lesson... Continue reading
Parent of a 1, 8, and 10-year-old Written bygenfoster78 November 26, 2009

Boys will love this.

My boys loved this movie........ We loved it very much.. In fact when the movie was over they wacthed it again... My oldest son like the end the most.. When he... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpider-Man 2099 October 21, 2015
Teen, 15 years old Written byTotally500 August 21, 2011

Swarm To see it

OH MY GOD where do i begin well this movie is actully really good better than the first which im not going to talk about really acting is great violence is awe... Continue reading

What's the story?

Teenage Ben Tennyson (Ryan Kelley) and his pals are part of a secret organization, the Plumbers, that's dedicated to protecting the world from evil extraterrestrial invaders. But when an old friend suddenly comes back into his life, Ben has to make a choice. Will he help Elena (Alyssa Diaz), whose father may be involved with a dangerous alien conspiracy, or will he side with Grandpa Max (Barry Corbin), the Plumbers leader who threw Elena’s dad out of the group years ago?

Is it any good?

BEN 10: ALIEN SWARM is based on the popular Ben 10 animated shows, and it loses little moving from animation to live action. The main effect that young fans will be watching for, of course, is Ben’s Omnitrix, a gadget that looks like an oversized wristwatch and gives him the ability to transform into a variety of alien shapes. This comes in handy when he has to battle the Hive and its millions of nanotech robotic chips. Ben gets backup from his cousin, Gwen (Galadriel Stineman), and their friend Kevin (Nathan Keyes), who both have their own abilities; together they're a formidable force.

The original cartoon series started when Ben was a 10-year-old boy, and Ben 10: Alien Force picked up five years later. Now he’s an older teen --  driving cars, making his own decisions, and definitely paying attention to girls. But the film is still age-appropriate for younger viewers -- the fight scenes are relatively tame, and the romantic subplots are very restrained. Fans of the cartoons will like this entry in the franchise, and there’s no reason why tweens can't watch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Ben’s decision to defy Granpda Max.  Why does Ben choose to do so? Do you agree with his choice? How does Ben’s choice affect his friends, who are forced to take sides? In the end, do you think Ben made the right choice?

  • How does this live-action film compare to the animated series it's based on? Do you think the actors are similar to the cartoon characters?

  • Do you think this movie is aimed at the same audience as the cartoon?

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