Parents' Guide to

Jurassic Park

By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Terrifyingly realistic dinos run amok in sci-fi landmark.

Movie PG-13 1993 127 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 87 parent reviews

age 8+

A classic film...

This movie has become a classic. The dinosaurs aren't too scary, but if your child gets scared easily, then you might not want to show them this movie because it has death and violence. Steven Spielberg created a great film in 1993 that still holds up to todays standards. All in all, I think Jurassic Park is okay for ages 8+.
age 14+

It was a really good movie. i (11 years) liked it really much. bit of a horror trip though, not suitable for younger kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (87 ):
Kids say (422 ):

This film boasts Academy Award-winning special effects, lots of frightful moments, and some good laughs. In Jurassic Park, director Steven Spielberg and his effects team deliver stunningly realistic dinosaurs. The movie also has a superb soundscape; hear it with a top-notch sound system to get all the thrills. Of course, actually seeing the monster isn't always the best thing. In Jaws, Spielberg's early masterpiece, viewers didn't get to see the shark until well into the movie -- and the suspense was excruciating. That kind of storytelling elegance is missing here. And for all of its technical achievements, Spielberg occasionally sacrifices three-dimensional characters and real human drama for the thrill of the effects.

Jurassic Park's terrifying realism is something to take seriously. Sensitive younger kids may want to avoid this one, and parents may want to watch ahead of time and gauge their children's likely response. It's worth noting that, amid all the thrills, the movie has some very funny moments, including a scene where a T. Rex runs toward a vehicle and you can read: "Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear" in a side mirror. It's just one of many iconic moments that ensured this film's place in cinema history.

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