Parents' Guide to

Captain Marvel

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Powerful female superhero story has some violence, language.

Movie PG-13 2019 124 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 106 parent reviews

age 10+


Very good move! My 9 year son and I watched it. It’s good for 10 year old

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age 9+
Barely any violence and barely any swearing maybe once or twice in the whole movie

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (106):
Kids say (215):

This superhero flick is basic but still engrossing, enthralling, and rewarding on many levels, just one of which is seeing Marvel's first female superhero get her own movie. Captain Marvel is fairly paint-by-the-numbers, but that doesn't lessen its powerful impact. It's an Avengers origin story as well as a story of Captain Marvel herself, which doubles the glee, especially the introduction of a young Nick Fury. While each Avengers movie is funnier than the last, Captain Marvel returns to Captain America-level humor, while keeping the themes simple and the action frequent. One of the Avengers franchise's strongest story elements has been encouraging audiences to look at a situation from both perspectives -- this film continues in that tradition by embracing a perspective shift.

Carol Danvers is an ideal female heroine: She's Katniss Everdeen without the self-doubt, Wonder Woman without the sexualization, and Black Widow without the moral complexity. With an everywoman charm, Larson quickly convinces viewers that she's the right woman to be Marvel's most powerful superhero: Girls everywhere can see themselves in her. And, by the way, there's no reason boys can't as well. The most amazing feat of the film is that Larson's character is somewhat gender-neutral: Viewers won't necessarily think "wow, that's a WOMAN landing those punches" -- instead, they're likely to think "wow, what a great superhero."

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