Kid reviews for Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Common Sense says

Talky, tame original sci-fi study in paranoia.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews
Teen, 14 years old Written bySpielberg00 November 23, 2011

THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 1978 REMAKE. Very graphic for a PG rating.

My rating: PG-13 [borderline with R] for some disturbing images, nudity, violence and gore.

Positive Messages & Role Models: 0.5/5 - Very few can even remotely be considered positive.

Violence: 4/5 - Infrequent (unless you count the pervasive discussion), but when it comes up, it's intense. Most noticeably, disturbing and gross images of bodies wrapped in foam; and a scene in which a man graphically axes through the head of a man who has been abducted, with blood shown.

Sex: 3.5/5 - Bodies wrapped in foam show exposed breasts, though not graphically. Also, in the last few scenes, a woman walks around completely nude, and we see her from the waist up. Milder examples, also, such as a few brief kisses.

Language: 1.5/5 - Nothing stands out.

Consumerism: 0/5 - No problem.

Drinking & Drugs: 1/5 - Nothing noticeable.

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Kid, 10 years old July 26, 2017


I think that this movie is pretty scary. If you're afraid of going to bed than this movie is a big no no, especially if you live in Sierra Madre, whitch is where it's filmed also the aliens never die, and they didn't make a sequel, so that's pretty scary.
Teen, 14 years old Written byLukeCon October 6, 2020

Sci-fi thriller is more paranoia-filled than violent

This film decides to ramp up the tension instead of the violence. Invasion of the Body Snatchers is more of a film that feels tense instead of exactly violent--which actually makes the film better. Films that tend to be violent could still be good--there are many exceptions (The Terminator, The War of the Worlds). However, these films use tension as their guide in creating a violent moment. Basically, many sci-fi/thriller films are more effective in using tension than violence. Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation is an excellent example of creating tension without using violence to do so.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers uses the same concept, except it isn't so violent, and is moreso an attack on the emotions. It attacks our emotional responses to conflict, and uses this technique to create tension that affects our responses. This adds to the emotional effect Invasion of the Body Snatchers has on us.
It uses paranoia to create a tense atmosphere for the film, without using flashy effects or violent action scenes like other movies have done. Instead, this is mostly a nonviolent film with a more intense premise that creates a sense of paranoia from the audience. This makes Invasion of the Body Snatchers feel different--just like other sci-fi films.
However, this film may be scary for some viewers. Here is a brief content description of the film:

Positive messages: N/A. Not many positive messages in this nonviolent yet scary alien-invasion tale.
Positive role models: 6/10. Characters use teamwork to prevail in the film.
Violence: 6/10. Frequent tension occurs in the film, and some tense moments occur, particularly in terms of the film's very intense premise. However, there are a couple mild scuffles, with some fighting. Scuffling is tense but brief in the film. Characters are stabbed with hypodermic needles; they are alright but these scenes are intense.
Sex: 0/10. None.
Profanity: 0/10. None.
Drinking/Drugs/Smoking: 6/10. Some cigarette smoking by a couple characters; smoking isn't frequent but is occasional, as is social drinking in the film.

Nonetheless, Invasion of the Body Snatchers serves as an effective example of how to create tension without using violence to do so--and Invasion of the Body Snatchers uses exactly the same concept effectively. This concept adds to the tense atmosphere of the film by providing the audience with a sense of paranoia that affects our emotional responses to the conflict displayed throughout the film.
Nonetheless, this is a great pick for sci-fi fans or film buffs. I give Invasion of the Body Snatchers 4 out of 5 stars, and recommend it for preteens 12 and up.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byMovieGeek12345 November 4, 2017

Don't let the Commonsense Media review be a turnoff.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is creepy but not very violent original story. The basis of the story is that aliens are invading Earth in the form of plant pods that develop an exact copy of the victim while they are asleep. It is a creepy idea and is based of the Capgras Delusion (a mental disorder where the sufferer believes that an exact clone of their loved one has replaced them), the film has an expertly suspenseful and dark tone and is very enjoyable.
Teen, 13 years old Written byAstroPhysics January 11, 2016

Really funny

This movie is one of the most hilarious movies I have ever seen. It is so kitchy and full of laughs. Giant 'body snatcher' aliens come in and steal people's bodies because they are colonizing Earth. You will get caught up in this awesome adventure and never want to stop watching it. You will enjoy it, trust me.
Teen, 14 years old Written bycoolkid394 June 23, 2014

Sci-fi classic low on gore and heavy on suspense.

This movie is a beloved sci-fi classic. Like most of the other sci-fi movies of the fifties, this movie is low on gore, sex and language and it is harmless. But however this movie was not intended for younger kids. It could make them paranoid and fear that other people are aliens. The plot may also be too complicated for a younger kid to understand. The movie does have some good role models however. A man tries to warn other people of the aliens and he tries to save them.

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Kid, 12 years old June 13, 2010

A Venerable Inception

Perspective is what makes this film worthwhile; by perspective, I mean that, at the time, the Red Scare was receding, but was still very real for many Americans all across the country. This film symbolized that blatant fear in more prospects than the singular, the main idea being that the merits of communism would convert every free-thinking human being into a mindless automaton. In a contemporary sense, this film still holds emotional weight, as the characters imagined during the plot itself form a bond with you, as well as with one another, forcing you to care about the imminent calamity that strikes their own small town and, eventually, the entire planet.