Parents' Guide to

Jupiter Ascending

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Laughably bad but slick-looking sci-fi epic.

Movie PG-13 2015 127 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 12+

Fred von Jupiter

Classic women taken by aliens movie as seen reviewed by Nostalgia Critic making it even funnier. Typical Matrix beefy flick not for all, but if you are a guy that loves masculine sci fi and philosophy watch this. Lots of explosions and romance.
age 12+

Scary ailiens and deep themes

Good movie with older kids, it has som deep themes like harvesting humans for genecocoction to get everlasting life. It is not for younger kids wheras it has some very scary ailiens that infiltrate our real world

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17 ):
Kids say (28 ):

Young teens who haven't been exposed to many other sci-fi movies might be mildly entertained by this impressive alien universe and slick digital action. But for most others, Jupiter Ascending is a huge mess: painfully bad and sometimes unintentionally funny. It's difficult to explain the story without cringing (why is there even a queen of the Earth?), and the characters are so shallow and the relationships between them so thin that the various twists and betrayals simply fall flat.

The original screenplay, by sibling filmmakers Lilly and Lana Wachowski, is particularly awkward. It consists of characters drearily explaining the rules of the story to each other, interrupted by interminable fights and chases, followed by more explaining. What can the poor actors do with this? Not much, but Oscar nominee Redmayne turns in a hilariously bad performance, reading his villainous lines with barely audible murmurs, occasionally punctuated by hysterical shrieks. It probably wasn't intentional, but you almost couldn't blame him if it was.

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