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Childhood's End

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Slow-burn sci-fi is chock-full of scary imagery.

Movie NR 2016 247 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

There is always a different & viable view point of life.

Just managed to be good enough to (hopefully) encourage others to go READ THE BOOK. It’s so much better & a genuinely wonderful & meaningful novel. You will not regret it. PS. Don’t worry, the series won’t spoil your enjoyment of the book at all. Hope you enjoy it.

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Kids say: Not yet rated

A nice treat for the type of sci-fi fan who prefers a good think about the (potential) shape of things to come, this slow-burn drama does take its time creeping out patient viewers. Hints that there's more than meets the eye to what at first seems a simple aliens-crush-humans plot take a while to show up; younger kids will probably be alternately terrified by otherworldly imagery and bored by talky scenes in which Ricky and Karellen debate faith and morality. Readers of the novel will be well aware we're not headed for a happy ending, and the show itself signals this with a lead-in in which the last man on Earth pauses to tell his tale. But just how we get from here to there is a complex and thought-provoking story, one that unspools dreamily in this fine adaptation. It's not for kids, but geeky tweens and teens will love watching with parents and prising out the notions this drama evokes.

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