Jurassic Park III

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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For kids who can handle nonstop action, it's good scary fun.
  • PG-13
  • 2001
  • 92 minutes
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Parents say

age 9+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 47 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Critiques of man trying to play God are embedded throughout, as man's interference in nature has clearly gotten out of control. But these messages are pretty hidden beneath the action and scares.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some characters have ulterior motives and are dishonest. The child character is brave and resilient.

Violence

Characters killed, though none of the central ones. Extremely intense peril with scary dinos throughout.

Sex

A brief scene of a woman in her bra.

Language

Brief mild language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults order drinks in a bar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like its prequels, Jurassic Park III is nonstop action and violence. There are jump-out-at-you surprises and some gross-out moments. Characters are in extreme peril and several are killed, but the movie is careful not to get rid of anyone we really care about. Some children will nevertheless find it very upsetting, especially because one of the characters is a child. But the child is brave, smart, and resilient, which some kids will find very satisfying. Divorced parents reunite and live happily ever after at the end of the movie, which might give kids the wrong idea about how divorce actually works.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMasterPlayer2342 September 27, 2011

Great Movie but not as good as the original.

I thought this movie was good but there is some violents in the movie. It's a perfect movie for 9 years and up.
Adult Written bygarfield2711 April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written byKmfan97 January 18, 2015

I don't care what anybody says I love this movie.

I know this got a lot of bad reviews upon its release but I saw this when I was 9 and I loved it. I was also 9 when I saw the other two movies and they are all... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 13, 2017

Great third installment!!!!!

This movie is great and not as violent as the second, but maybe slightly more so then the first. In this film, only a small group of people are on the island m... Continue reading

What's the story?

In JURASSIC PARK III, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), now assisted by Billy (Alessandro Nivola), is tricked into flying over Isla Sorna by Paul and Amanda Kirby (William H. Macy and Tea Leoni). Unbeknownst to Grant, the Kirbys are searching for their son, who fell onto the island when he was parasailing. Grant's plane ends up crashing on the island, and Grant and company discover the resident dinosaurs are more advanced than previously thought.

Is it any good?

It may seem odd to speak of a made-to-be-blockbuster as unpretentious, but the aspirations of this movie are remarkably -- almost endearingly -- modest. Jurassic Park III doesn't waste time with chaos theory mumbo-jumbo or dumb "dinosaurs come to America" plot twists like the second episode, The Lost World. It just gets right down to business in 90 quick minutes of little people being chased by great big scary things, with just enough plot and character to provide breathing space and a reason to care who survives. It's not art, but it is fun.

There are few surprises. Two good things to have when fighting smart dinosaurs are opposable thumbs and a cell phone. When a man's ex-wife says that he never takes chances, you know what's coming, and you'll probably be able to guess as we meet each character which ones will survive to the end of the movie. But the script has clever moments, including some sly digs at The Lost World. There's a delicious variation on Peter Pan's crocodile that once swallowed a clock, so Captain Hook can always hear ticking when he is approaching. And there's a nice Blair Witch moment when some characters find a video camera dropped by another character and replay the footage to see what happened to him. The dinosaurs are bigger and better than ever. This time, they swim, they fly, and they fight each other. They appear to play a sort of kick-the-can with the downed plane's cabin. They also work together to trap the humans, so it's a war of brains, not just brawn.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Dr. Grant's comment in Jurassic Park III that "Some of the worst things imaginable are done with the best intentions." He also talks about the difference between astronomers and astronauts. Is he right in saying that the difference is between imagining and seeing?

  • Do you want a career full of action and excitement, or safety and time to think?

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