J. Edgar

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Well-acted biopic tackles complex character; OK for teens.

R 2011 137 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 12+


Violence 1.5/5 Sex 1/5 Language 3/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 0.5/5
age 13+

Well-acted biopic is teen-friendly, but dull

Leonardo DiCaprio gave a solid performance, but the rest of this just dull. The movie went on for 2 and a half hours, and left me bored to tears. Another note: this movie doesn't deserve an R-rating. The only reason why it received an R-rating is because they used the word c*cksucker twice. Suggested MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, mature thematic material, some strong language and brief sexual content.

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Too much violence

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