Parents' Guide to

Dante's Peak

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Volcano erupts violently and destroys town; intense peril.

Movie PG-13 1997 108 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Fun disaster movie

I recently watched this movie again as an adult and it’s a fun old school disaster movie. I would recommend adding under “sex” that a dead couple is seen facedown and naked in the water (full backside exposed). Other than that the movie definitely has violent moments but a good classic.
age 9+

Volcano erupts violently and destroys town; intense peril but pre-teens can handle this movie

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

If nonstop chaos is your thing, then this will be your cup of tea. It provides all the harrowing special effects -- disintegrating buildings, volcanic fireballs, collapsing bridges, fiery lava rivers -- that you could want. Dante's Peak doesn't really bear deep analysis, but if one did give it much thought one might agree with Harry's superior, who first advised against evacuating an entire town just based on Harry's gut instincts, even though Harry later turned out to be right. Science ultimately, a little too late, bore out Harry's assessment, but the delay in evacuating in the face of impending doom certainly added tension to the otherwise predictable plot. Linda Hamilton does a fine job in the thankless role of the town's plucky mayor and generic love interest for Harry. But then the whole movie is no more than a well-executed exercise in the generic.

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