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Parents' Guide to

Fullmetal Alchemist

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violence, gore, peril in live-action manga adaptation.

Movie NR 2018 134 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

A Faithful Adaptation of the Manga and Anime

If your kids can handle the anime and manga, there's a high chance they can also handle the live action. There's actually not much swearing aside from a** and f*ck. There are also multiple scenes which don't shy away from showing blood and injuries, though not to the point of being too gory. The film also showcases brotherhood and compassion, loyalty and selflessness. A must-see for Fullmetal Alchemist fans!

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Is It Any Good?

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Dazzling special effects, an original story with surprising twists and turns, and a seemingly endless supply of bizarre baddies almost make up for this film's intense gore and violence. Fullmetal Alchemist is definitely not for the young or the squeamish -- just when you think you've seen the worst villain ever, an even more horrific one shows up to take his or her place. On the upside, female characters, with the exception of one ditzy sidekick, are as smart and powerful as their male counterparts.

Fullmetal Alchemist also has some important notions about family: loyalty, self-sacrifice, and the often pent-up anger that can sometimes emerge. Fans of the comic books and earlier animated fare should be pleased by the filmmakers' faithfulness to the original manga, but so many characters come and go that it's possible they may have tried to incorporate too much. And, with a running time of more than two hours, it feels long. Finally, although every effort is made to give viewers who are new to the franchise a heads-up regarding the rules of the story's intricate game, newbies may have to go along for the ride without completely understanding such phenomena as "The Laws of Equivalent Exchange."

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