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Black Adam

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Lots of bashing and smashing in disappointing DC movie.

Movie PG-13 2022 124 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 26 parent reviews

age 16+

Have no part with the deeds of darkness.

The movie did not have a good plot line. The actors didn’t have good scripts to work with. There was a lot of special effects but no real story to follow. The last half of the movie was hard to watch due to the character of satan in the movie. I’m glad I didn’t watch this with my teen children.
age 11+


It's a little violent but very entertaining

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (26 ):
Kids say (33 ):

Occasionally exploring themes of what it means to be heroic or villainous, with shades of gray in between, this superhero movie collapses into a boring bash-fest with barely any time to breathe. Like many other villain-as-protagonist movies, ranging from Venom and Morbius to Maleficent and Cruella, Black Adam takes the opportunity to explore such questions as "Who decides who the 'good guy' is?" And "Is it OK to hurt people if some good comes out of it?" Unfortunately, once the movie asks those questions, it forgets all about them as the characters whiz around the screen, hammering away at one another, as well as any solid object that happens to be in the way. In this movie, bodies and debris soar far more frequently than viewers' spirits.

It's safe to say that the majority of Black Adam's running time consists of fights, chases or battles, and sections of blocky exposition. Much is made of what's supposed to be a tender friendship between Hawkman and Dr. Fate, but we never feel this; it's only told to us through dialogue and goopy music in rare moments between punches. The same goes for a sweet friendship/romance between Cyclone and Atom Smasher; it's just too scarce and fragmented to amount to much. Even the human characters are cookie cutters, from the generic movie "kid" to the lovably comic uncle, rotund and ridiculous (though the actors playing both parts give them their all!). As far as Black Adam goes, those who enjoy The Rock's comedic chops and charismatic smirk may be surprised to encounter an antihero who's stoic in the face of loss and trauma. Unfortunately, though, viewers never really learn who he is or what he wants to be, and that question is ultimately less intriguing than it is uninteresting.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 21, 2022
  • On DVD or streaming: December 5, 2022
  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson , Sarah Shahi , Aldis Hodge
  • Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors, Polynesian/Pacific Islander actors, Female actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: New Line Cinema
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Topics: Superheroes
  • Run time: 124 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sequences of strong violence, intense action and some language
  • Last updated: November 19, 2023

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