Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Violent animated adventure is no kiddie movie.

PG-13 2007 113 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 37 reviews

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age 15+

Great animation, mediocre story adaptation

The animation is amazing, just like “A Christmas Carol” from 2009 and “The Polar Express”, but I did not enjoy the story as much as the animation, special effects, graphics, and scenery. The story was a bit boring and seemed kind of long, and that is disappointing, because I was looking forward to watching this take on the classic story since I had read it in my high school Literature class and watched it for that reason. I will say that the violence and sex and is a little extreme, though, for a PG-13, and I feel like it would have the potential to be rated R if it had gotten much worse. The review was correct and accurate on the film not being for kids, unlike “A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express”. I’d say a mature 15-year-old or older would be okay to see it, but definitely not any younger than 14. But I would give it 2 stars for how the story was adapted, but I would give the film 3 stars for the graphics and animation, and those are reasons why it is good to watch it once, but not over and over again.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 16+

My parents made me watch this with them when I was 9

So my parents made me watch this when I was nine cause they thought I was too scared of everything and needed to "grow up" but this movie still gives me chills. All the violence makes me shudder, it was so gross to watch I can still remember certain scenes 9 years later, like when a dude's head got crushed under the giant's foot. I didn't notice any sexual references at the time because I was too young to understand them, but violence is pretty universal. I would recommend this for older teens. It's still a great depiction of the epic poem.

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    Violent, watered-down version of The Iliad.

    age 16+

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