Kid reviews for Dunkirk

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Common Sense says

age 14+

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Parents say

age 13+

Based on 57 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 143 reviews

age 14+
age 12+

Truthful to the awful real life event that took place with brilliant pacing

World War II. The enemy forces have cornered four hundred thousand British and French soldiers on the French coast at Dunkirk. A small number of primarily-French soldiers are guarding the perimeter, where the British and French soldiers are amassed, which is getting increasingly smaller as enemy forces advance. Most of those British and French soldiers are now on the beach waiting for destroyers to come and take them back to Britain. Each of the countries are taking care of their own. The British are leaving first and among those the wounded get first priority despite their taking up seven times the space of the able-bodied soldiers. An issue with Dunkirk is that there is only one dock the destroyers can access, which needs to be protected from the enemy bombs. As such, Churchill, newly elected, has put out a call for civilian watercraft to head to Dunkirk both to transport supplies and to transport soldiers from the beach to the destroyers or back to Britain if at all possible. Within this situation, four general stories are told. In one, Commander Bolton, the top British Naval officer on the ground, knows deep in his heart that the soldiers are largely sitting ducks on the beach as the enemy planes fly over. He knows that the situation is a catch-22 for the British in that they need to bring as many soldiers safely home as possible at the depletion of their military resources, which in turn they need to preserve for the day if, but more likely when, the enemies make their way onto British soil. In the second story, a squadron of three Royal Air Force Spitfires are amongst those limited air resources that are embarking in dog fights with enemy planes, while protecting the soldiers on the ground. In the process, they have to ensure their own safety in order to provide what is needed for the ground soldiers, which includes knowing about things like fuel levels and having enough to make their way back to home base whenever required. In the third story, two soldiers meet on the beach, the two of them knowing that the longer they remain on the beach, the likelier they are not to survive this skirmish. As such, they try to do whatever they need to to make it onto one of those destroyers or any other watercraft making its way back to Britain. However, making it aboard a ship does not necessarily ensure their survival, and in the final story, Mr. Dawson, his young-adult son Peter, and their seventeen-year-old friend George are on Dawson's pleasure craft making its way to Dunkirk to do their part in the war effort, all realizing the dangers involved. They have to decide at each step along the way if they will focus on personal problems or if they will continue on to assist in the war, as was their first priority when they left Britain.

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Educational value
age 13+

Instantly classic cinema and shockingly realistic!

The music. The visuals. The camerawork. The acting. I could go on and on and on....It's all so incredible! Nolan's movies never disappoint, but this one is beyond extraordinary. No matter who you are, you'll find a familiar face in the cast. The cinematography is very unique and the music pounds in synch with your heartbeat as the suspense drags on. I don't want to sound poetic but this movie is amazing. About 4-5 f-words are spoken throughout the movie, most of which are basically inaudible without subtitles. Sh*t is said twice along with a few uses of damn. I highly recommend this movie to anyone 13+ who loves war history and can read a somewhat confusing dialog.

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 12+

Great Film

Dunkirk is a intense war film with great cinematography, acting and thrilling storyline that will suck you in. It has infrequent use of strong language, moderate violence with minimal blood but is suitable for kids 12+

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Educational value
age 14+
age 11+
i only watched this for harry styles. but yes it was very good.
age 12+

Great Movie

There is a bit of swearing so not for super young kids, overall it's very informational and would recomend for anyone interested in WW2. Its not crazy violent and although it's about war there is no blood.
age 13+

background about WW2 needed

This movie is great, however I think it goes for a different way of telling a story. The movie focuses about the people that have no power about that situshtion they are in. For impatient movie watchers and ones that want to see big battles, this will be a boring movie. The movie is sad, not for people that do not like sad movies. You also get much more value if you have a background in what happened in WW2. However if you are good with this, then you are sure to have a great time. The movie also has some violence, I would say if a kid knows about violence and is fine with it, they should be fine.

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Too much violence
age 14+

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Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 11+

No story line whatsoever, but good movie.

It is action packed, and not too violent. There are a few scenes that might be disturbing. **Spoiler** After an oil spill, many British soldiers get burnt to death, screaming. One of the opening scenes put me on the edge of my seat. Not because it was scary, but it was nerve-racking. **Spoiler** British soldiers are walking down a road, then get shot at out of nowhere. All die but the main character. That was a well done scene. Good movie, but if you like a story line or like to get to know the characters really well, it might not be for you. A bit of swearing, no one over 11 would mind.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing