Parents' Guide to

Ben 10 vs. the Universe

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

TV-based movie has extended fight scenes, lots of peril.

Movie NR 2020 90 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 2 parent reviews

age 18+

All Ben 10 series are trash

I don't know who even likes this garbage.
age 16+

Good movie

Excellent movie

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

While this is an entertaining movie, for those new to the of Ben 10 world, Ben 10 vs. the Universe isn't the most accessible entry. It starts out simple enough: Our young hero Ben is having his mid-life crisis at least 30 years early, jaded and bored of the drudgery of workaday superheroism. When a planet-destroying meteor is discovered to be hurtling through space toward Earth, Ben sees this as his chance to really shine. This is easy enough to understand, but then it gets into Omnitrix-this and Antitrix-that and the tangled web of story and backstory and the shifting relationships of characters, and what should be a engaging story of saving the world becomes confusing for everyone but superfans of the television series and subsequent movies.

That said, superfans should enjoy Ben 10 vs the Universe. There are new developments to the characters, new superpowers, and constant action and peril. There's a wink-wink humor throughout that keeps it fun, and almost fun for everybody else. But that's the problem. Watching this feels like going to a party in a strange town where everyone is conversing about the goings-on of that town, and it's nearly impossible to get up to speed. In this case, the best thing to do is to sit back and watch the characters fight, and take solace in at least knowing the difference between the good and bad guys, even if it's not always clear how we got to this point.

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