Parents' Guide to

Doctor Strange

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Mysticism, humor, and action surround unique Marvel hero.

Movie PG-13 2016 115 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 40 parent reviews

age 14+

Sorcery and black magic

I haven't seen many reviews taking issue with the use of sorcery and black magic. Many families might not feel comfortable with that kind of imaginary and practices feeding their kids. As it turns out (spoiler) the hero of the film, is actually drawing her power from the dark side, but instead of being disqualified it turns out to be accepted by their followers once they have digested the news. I believe we are here away from the fantasy worlds of 'good' magic and myth à la Tolkien or Lewis, but with a rather more dangerous kind. There are also direct references to the sex life of Dr Strange with his girlfriend which is gratuitous and unnecessary in a kids film. Nothing is showed but it directly evoked.
age 16+

Not a kids movie, too much blood and disturbing imagery

I expected the typical Marvel movie. Action, fantasy, humour...and magic But I have found too much gore and disturbing images. Doctor Strange is a surgeon, and in the beginning of the movie there are disturbing images on his daily job. There are sensitive people, even adults who panic at this when it comes to surgery images Then he has a car accident. And there are disturbing slow images, not the typical quickly scene of an accident. Then he is carried to hospital and more disturbing images. At last he is off his job and tries to get a heal to his injury. Then we go to the best part of the movie. The magic part. But when Mister Strange is stabbed we come back again and there appears more gore images and disturbing on the surgery. Then one of the main characters a bald woman is fatally injured with more disturbing and gore images in hospital I didn't expect this. It's more bearable gun shots and general fighting than disturbing images. All the fault to the director. There was no need of too much disturbing stuff on this movie

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (40 ):
Kids say (176 ):

Marvel's 14th Cinematic Universe movie has all the usual action and explosions, but it also has a different type of main character -- one who's magical and appealingly flawed but willing to change. Chiefly known as a horror director, helmer Scott Derrickson unexpectedly adds plenty of playfulness and humor to a story that could have been steeped in self-serious exoticism and mysticism. It helps that Cumberbatch and Swinton, as well as Benedict Wong as the keeper of the spellbook library, bring so much personality to their roles.

Most of Doctor Strange's seriousness is a burden carried by Chiwetel Ejiofor's Mordo character, but comic fans will at least know the reason why. Unfortunately, the best character moments tend to cool down and fizzle out during the big action sequences. But some of those scenes, which have beautiful "folding" effects as the sorcerers change the environment around them, are quite impressive, especially as Strange learns his powers. As the movie's climax arrives, the action becomes bigger and less involving. Still, it's thrilling to see Strange embrace his inner spirit, finding power by going with the current, instead of against it.

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