Parents' Guide to

Captain America: The First Avenger

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Comic book adventure mixes patriotism, explosive action.

Movie PG-13 2011 124 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 60 parent reviews

age 10+


Marvel Awesomeness 8.5/10
age 9+


It depends on the household but for me the violence wasnt that bad

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (60 ):
Kids say (267 ):

If you crossed Raiders of the Lost Ark with Hellboy and added a dash of Pearl Harbor and director Joe Johnston's own The Rocketeer, you'd be well on your way to creating this movie. Captain America: The First Avenger is a well-paced World War II adventure with an undercurrent of sci-fi/fantasy mysticism and a hero who's very easy to root for. Rogers/Captain America is definitely a great role model, but you might find yourself wishing he had a little bit more of Wolverine or Tony Stark's snark. (The movie's a bit short on humor overall, actually; Captain America's team of soldiers provides most of the laughs, but they don't get all that much screen time.)

Speaking of Tony Stark, those who are well-versed in Marvel history will enjoy seeing Dominic Cooper as Tony's equally suave/tech-savvy father, Howard, in a supporting role. And there are plenty of other moments that fans of the comics will enjoy, too -- when pre-makeover Steve uses a garbage can lid as an impromptu defense, for instance, foreshadowing his iconic shield. All in all, Captain America: The First Avenger is an entertaining adventure but it's not the MCU's best. (Cap really comes into his own in later movies.)

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