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Parents' Guide to

I Origins

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Heartfelt sci-fi has interesting ideas, some language, sex.

Movie R 2014 113 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

A clever and beautiful movie about reincarnation

If you want to go deeper into the meaning of life... Watch this movie

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 18+

Pointless film

It is absolutely pointless Just to make their film popular they've inserted it with a first hour of p***ography Could've found a better way to explain a scientific point

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

I ORIGINS is a bit too long and repetitive and a little too generous with its eye-related imagery. Director Mike Cahill made his feature debut with Another Earth (2011), which was written by the brilliant, talented Marling. And while she appears here in a supporting actor capacity, it appears that Cahill may do better under more robust guidance from her. Cahill seems to be playing coy with all these eye references, but they aren't subtle enough to really surprise or challenge.

The movie is more romantic than scientific, and it seems eager to accept a supernatural solution when it should place that burden in the audience's hands. Yet, these days, any sci-fi movie with the barest hint of a science-related idea is a welcome rarity. And above all, I ORIGINS is certainly thoughtful and deeply heartfelt, and it could be hard for dreamers and romantics not to get swept up in the love story. For many viewers, it will be a satisfying experience.

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