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By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Brave brothers risk all in brutal, graphic WWII epic.

Movie R 2008 137 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 13+

It's Real

Yes their is violence in this movie, but in par with war movies and even less than many video games. This is not a disgusting film. It is a film that honors bravery, celebrates courage and charity. It is a must see film to understand the best of the human character.
age 13+

Violence is not the main message

If your kid is very sensitive to violence this may not be a good choice. The main message of the film is that people should stand up to those who are trying to do them harm. It was an engrossing story as well as being uplifting. The Jews were resourceful and brave. They were being hunted like animals and chose to live as humans. There is one particularly brutal scene, but no actual blood. It does involve a mob mentality though, and you will recognize it when it happens. We took the opportunity to discuss it with our 13 year old son. This movie is different from others such as Schindlers List, because it portrays the Jews as being proactive in their fate. Very good film.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (13):

Edward Zwick wants to make passionate movies, and DEFIANCE is no exception. The story of a Jewish arm of the Resistance hasn't been told before, not like this. The film is exciting, shot with skill and a singular ability to show the harrowing savagery and heroic behavior that lived and breathed in the early 1940s.

Defiance is less successful when it zeroes in on the stories of the individual people who make up the refugee community. Then the filmmakers rely on certain stereotypes: the intellectual chess players, the leering hothead, the sibling rivalry. Still, it's well worth seeing, if only as an important reminder of where the world has been and how much care must be taken never to return there.

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