Parents' Guide to

I Am Legend

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intense, thoughtful thriller has some big scares.

Movie PG-13 2007 101 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 24 parent reviews

age 18+

Bad role model.

WIll Smith is a bad role model for young children. I reccomend 18 and over.
age 12+

A good Christmas Hit movie

Good film especially at Christmas time since it has Christmas themes# based on the novel

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (24 ):
Kids say (111 ):

Director Francis Lawrence has a way with suspense; jumping out of your seat is almost a requirement here. Onscreen, Manhattan transforms into a true island, isolated, removed, and falling apart. Weeds grow on the streets, Times Square is deserted, the Flatiron Building sits neglected, and an eerie hush has fallen. Bravo to the special effects crew, who have created a New York never seen before (except, perhaps, in Escape to New York). The results are nothing short of amazing.

But the story ultimately disappoints. It starts out strong, hooking viewers in, but it sputters in the end. It's as if the screenwriters (or director, or producer) ran out of ways to wrap it up. Or perhaps the film simply doesn't have the same nuances as the Richard Matheson book on which it's based. Still, you can't fault I Am Legend for trying to be different from the typical action thriller. Taking on such themes as mankind's need for companionship, the fight for survival, and the existence of God, it at least succeeds in making us think.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 13, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: March 17, 2008
  • Cast: Alice Braga , Dash Mihok , Will Smith
  • Director: Francis Lawrence
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Latino actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Run time: 101 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.
  • Last updated: December 1, 2023

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