• Review Date: May 3, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 115 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Boring, phony and a complete waste of talent.
  • Review Date: May 3, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 115 minutes





What parents need to know


Severe peril, many killed, scary surprises, very sick children




Brief strong language

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink, scenes in bar

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a mild sexual situation involving a married couple and some chilling moments. There is also a very mild reference to a lesbian relationship.

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What's the story?

In DRAGONFLY, Kevin Costner plays Joe Darrow, a doctor whose pregnant wife is killed on a humanitarian mission in South America. He is heartbroken. He begins to believe that she is sending him messages through the sick children she used to care for. Somehow, when they have near-death experiences, they communicate with her. Joe is committed to a rational view of the world, and is torn between wanting to hold on to what he believes and wanting to hold on to what he had with his wife. Finally, the messages are impossible to ignore, he goes off in search of whatever it is that is she is trying to tell him.

Is it any good?


Dragonfly is another attempt at creating a new Sixth Sense, and it falls far short. It is dreary, it is boring, and worst of all, it is phony. And it completely wastes the talents of two brilliant Oscar-winning actresses, Kathy Bates and Linda Hunt.

The movie has some highly predictable surprises as Joe gets everything but a telegram showing the weird curvy cross sign that turns out to symbolize a waterfall. As hard as Costner tries, you can't help feeling that he does not really care that much about it, and neither does the audience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their own views on life after death and the ability of dead loved ones to communicate with those left behind.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 22, 2002
DVD release date:July 30, 2002
Cast:Joe Morton, Kevin Costner, Ron Rifkin
Director:Tom Shadyac
Studio:Universal Pictures
Run time:115 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:mild sexual situation and tension

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Teen, 14 years old Written byshanno15 April 20, 2010
Good movie, but do not watch more than once on the same day. You'll get bored with it after awhile
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Parent of a 12 year old Written bylittleone522 March 16, 2011

No Kids Under 13 because of Language and Nudity

I disagree with common sense on this movie. I didn't find it boring at all. It has some thrilling scenes and is even scary in parts. Overall not a bad movie but for kids my concerns are the language. A**hole is used twice, B*tch is used once and Hell. There is also a love scene but no nudity is shown here, just a women in a bra and her bare back. Later on in the movie a tribe is shown and the women have no upper clothing. Breasts are seen breifly. A baby's vagina is shown. Because of the language and the nudity, I say no kids under 13 years old.
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Too much sex
Too much swearing


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