Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Suspenseful, thoughtful alien-encounter classic.

PG 1977 132 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 26 reviews

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age 12+

Great, but kinda scary

Awesome film—beautifully written and acted—but between the spooky alien encounters early on in the film (which are filmed and scored not unlike a horror movie) and the dad losing it toward the end (sobbing fully dressed in the shower, loudly fighting with his wife in front of the kids, shoveling dirt into his kitchen window), this was a lot to handle even for my 11-year-old. SPOILER ALERT: The end, with his kissing Barry’s mom and disappearing into an alien spaceship, leaving his family behind for who knows how long, didn’t really help either. Definitely worth seeing, and lots to talk about in the film, but I wouldn’t rush showing this one to pre-teens.
age 13+

Language, Santa, Won't appeal to younger kids

Someone else mentioned it but I was skimming reviews in a hurry so that we could start a family movie before it got too late in the evening and missed it. This movie contains a Santa spoiler, mild curse words, and has a creepy vibe. It is really too complex and paced too slow for the younger kids to enjoy. That being said it is a great movie for adults.

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