Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Brave brothers risk all in brutal, graphic WWII epic.

R 2008 137 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 13 reviews

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Community 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

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