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By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Intense WWII combat in the Atlantic; brief language.

Movie PG-13 2020 92 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 14+

Great war movie with limited visible bloodshed

An excellent war movie that brings alive the events in the Atlantic Ocean. The tension is almost constant although actual harm to people seen is minimal. Tom Hanks once again sets a good example of a decent man leading in hugely challenging circumstances. We watched it as a family and our only criticism is that the dialogue was sometimes hard to pick up given so much background noise. Only 90mins long too. A really thought-provoking experience.
age 10+
This movie is probably one of the best war films I’ve seen. What’s nice about it is it’s realistic but not grotesque. There are torpedos, machine guns, shots fired, cannons, artilleries and explosions. There’s a scene where 3 soldiers are laid to rest in the water. Viewers don’t see the bodies; they are covered. One body gets stuck but eventually is respectfully placed in the water. There is swearing as to be expected in a war movie. This isn’t a Disney feel good, but this isn’t a movie that’s terribly upsetting. It opens up great discussions. For example, someone online noticed that most of the soldiers were white. Why is that? The movie may not be 100% historically accurate, but it opens the door to some good questions. I think this could be shown in schools without too much of a problem. This movie is not rated R; it’s rated PG-13, which I believe is appropriate. The only downside of this movie is it cannot be viewed anywhere but Apple TV. That really sucks for those who don’t have Apple TV.

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Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
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Suspense accelerates, the stakes get higher, and the explosions gets closer in this visually artful, wonderfully performed look into the hearts and souls of WWII's fighting Navy service members. Greyhound can be added to the expanding catalog of Tom Hanks' "everyman" movies in which someone who at first seems ordinary and unassuming is called upon to be indomitable and rises to the challenge. As in Captain Phillips, Sully, Charlie Wilson's War, Bridge of Spies, and more, Hanks brings quiet truth and emotion to his characters. Director Aaron Schneider and his team deliver a timeless story about the strain and poignance of war. There's no pause for backstories; characters develop in the moment. There's no place for artificial conflict among team members; everyone works together. Other than the cryptic scenes in which Krause's significant other is introduced and quickly dispensed with and the arch radio transmissions from a Nazi tormenter, the movie rings true.

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