• Review Date: July 27, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Superhero is darker, more violent than Spiderman.
  • Review Date: July 27, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 96 minutes





What parents need to know


Many characters killed. Intense peril. A reference to rape.


Non-explicit sexual encounter.


A few strong words.


Part of a popular comic book franchise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is more somber and much more violent than Spider-Man, including many deaths. There are sexual references and non-explicit sexual situations, including a reference to rape and a sexual encounter between people who do not know each other very well. There is some strong language and some drinking and smoking.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) is a lawyer whose father, a boxer, was killed for refusing to take a dive in a fixed fight. Matt, blind from an accident that also left him with his other senses super-enhanced, vows to become a righter of wrongs and a force for justice. Crime boss Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan), who wants Daredevil out of his way, hires Irish assassin Bullseye (Colin Farrell) to do the job. Jennifer Garner plays Elektra, who is also on Kingpin's bad side.

Is it any good?


DAREDEVIL may be another Marvel comic superhero movie rated PG-13, but it is a much darker story than "Spiderman," and parents whose 8 and 9 or even 13-year-olds loved that movie should think carefully before agreeing to let them see this one. The fights are very good, but it is clear that that is where most of the creative energy went in this movie. Affleck does not act very much, and if he did, most of it would be hidden by Murdock's sunglasses and Daredevil's mask.

Garner brings energy and freshness to her role, and Farrell is, as usual, the most watchable part of the movie. There are some fun in-jokes, including appearances from Marvel's Stan Lee and onetime Daredevil writer Kevin (Chasing Amy and Dogma) Smith. But the script is flat, mostly just space between fights. Sometimes loud noises incapacitate Daredevil, sometimes they don't. He is badly injured, and then he isn't. These are continuity errors that are evidence either of laziness or, more likely, some recutting after early screenings.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why we don't take the law into our own hands. How do you become a killer without being one of the bad guys? Why, when most superheroes have fantasy special powers, is a character who is disabled so appealing?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 14, 2003
DVD release date:July 29, 2003
Cast:Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Garner
Director:Mark Steven Johnson
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Run time:96 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:action/violence and some sensuality

This review of Daredevil was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 11 years old August 10, 2009
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 2 and 6 year old Written byjandrewworld July 12, 2010

Skip this one.

Matt Murdock and his adventures as Daredevil is must read for myself. But terrible casting, bad acting and a film that doesn't understand what the comic is about has made this a major disappointment. The only thing making this movie worth watching is the cameo appearances of the artists and writers of Daredevil Comic books over he years. Stan Lee, the creator of Daredevil, to Frank Miller, to John Romita and his son John Romita Jr. and even Kevin Smith all made cameos. Daredevil would make a great film. This just isn't it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 9 years old May 16, 2009
I watch lots of super hero movies. Compared to most of them, this one was pretty violent. main thing i have to say: VIOLENT!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential School Tools