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Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
Gravity Movie Poster Image
Intense, astonishing sci-fi thriller has real soul.
  • PG-13
  • 2013
  • 90 minutes
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 91 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The power of hope is boundless; it can push through darkness and propel you to survive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dr. Ryan Stone may seem broken, but her will to live is stronger than her darkest of days.


A debris shower in outer space, precipitated by the missile shooting of a satellite, wreaks havoc, slicing through space stations manned by humans. An astronaut is shown with half of his face broken off (gory but not especially bloody); other dead astronauts are shown floating, grievously injured. Two others are tossed around. Main characters face constant peril and danger. One "jump" scare scene.


Occasional use of "f--k," "s--t," "damn," "hell," "ass," "goddamn," "oh my God," and "son of a bitch."


The NASA logo is (not surprisingly) everywhere, plus mentions of Facebook and NPR.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Talk of co-workers buying each other drinks.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gravity (which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and was directed by Children of Men's Alfonso Cuaron) isn't your run-of-the-mill sci-fi thriller: It's a spare, elegant film that speaks to the mysteries of human emotion and space, as well as a stunning piece of moviemaking with depth and insight that make it an intense viewing experience (which is heightened, for the better, by the 3D presentation). Its mature themes -- including death and grief -- and scenes of gripping peril make it best for teens and adults. Younger kids may be frightened by some sequences, including one that's notably gory/gruesome. There's also some swearing (including both "f--k" and "s--t").

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 year old Written byJeffrey M. Anderson October 4, 2013

The kind of movie experience that "Star Wars" once was

This is truly one of the greatest and most exhilarating popcorn movies ever. It can be overwhelming and somewhat terrifying, considering the vastness (and deadl... Continue reading
Parent of a 11 and 13 year old Written bymyndseye711 March 7, 2014


This was an awesome movie. Positive messages, excellent acting, great effects. There is one f word. In the beginning of the movie she gets loose (which you can... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bymoviebuff6996 October 4, 2013

Gravity is a Groundbreaking movie with an excellent performance from Sandra Bullock

The Positives are the Visual Effects (truly astonishing, mind-blowing and mesmerizing), the cinematography (Excellent and has both close-up shots and far away s... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bysky65z October 6, 2013

Gravity is an epic masterpiece and one of the best movies I've ever seen.

Firstly to anyone reading this review my computer would not let me click what other families should know about this. So there are positive messages and role mod... Continue reading

What's the story?

In GRAVITY, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first trip to outer space. But during the final spacewalk on the day before she and the rest of the crew are set to return to Earth, the Russians shoot down one of their own satellites; the explosion causes a catastrophic debris shower that threatens to wipe out all orbiting space stations, including Stone's shuttle. With seasoned astronaut Lieut. Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) by her side, Stone struggles to survive -- not just the accident that threatens her and everyone else's lives, but her own personal demons as well.

Is it any good?

Oh to be astonished, frightened, and entertained all at the same time -- that's the power of Alfonso Cuaron's masterful film. A mindful and meticulous meditation on mortality, tragedy, and the human spirit, Gravity is driven by both stunning cinematography and Bullock's artful, complex performance. Add to this a soundtrack so well-calibrated that the music enhances rather than overpowers (as too many soundtracks are wont to do).

It's obvious that an enormous amount of discipline went into filming Gravity -- but, far from making the movie sterile, the precision only serves to heighten the impact of an already stunning story. There's no reason, at least on this planet, that it won't be appreciated as a monumental piece of moviemaking. This is what 3-D effects were made for -- not the bullying bombast and empty trickery that plagues other, lesser 3-D films, but to artfully enhance a movie with grand imagination, riveting narrative, and true soul.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Gravity is similar to, and different from, other movies about space. Is it a sci-fi movie, a thriller, a drama, or a combination of all three?

  • How do you explain the bevy of emotions that Dr. Stone experiences throughout the movie? Do you understand why she reacts this way?

  • Which is more memorable/impressive -- the film's technical achievements or its character drama? Why?

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