Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Boring, phony and a complete waste of talent.
  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 115 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


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




Brief strong language

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink, scenes in bar

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysmalltownme May 25, 2020

Loved it!

I thought it was cool
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 movi... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byTyTy the movie guy June 2, 2017
Kid, 8 years old July 20, 2015

Fascinating,but lackluster,dumb fantasy movie is for adults only.

My rating:18+ for strong fantasy like violence,some language,mature content,and brief sexual content.

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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