Parents' Guide to

Jurassic World

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Reboot is fun but scarier, more violent than the original.

Movie PG-13 2015 124 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 89 parent reviews

age 5+

I showed my kid this at 5 years old. He LOVED it! He was not even scared of it! He didn't even care about the blood and gore
age 8+

Actions builds up - strong characters & storyline.

Watched with my 8.5 year old son, have previously watched Jurassic Park 1-3 & were wary of watching this due to some reviews - but it is REALLY GOOD & we would watch it again! My son really liked the character Owen who has a respect for the dinosaurs, & I liked how the relationship between the two brothers developed. Also liked how it maintained the theme from the original film - don’t mess with nature ‘nature always finds a way!’ We didn’t dislike anything - there are definitely more onscreen deaths than in 1-3 (& one kiss) but this didn’t effect our enjoyment of the film ;)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (89 ):
Kids say (272 ):

Jurassic World may not meet the expectations set by Steven Spielberg's original, but it does surpass the underwhelming sequels. And it has enough visual thrills, humor, and memorable performances to make for a fun (if occasionally terrifying) franchise reboot. Director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) smartly doesn't try to mimic Spielberg, but he does stay true to the master's ability to make the movie's moments of suspense even more terrifying than the actual people-eating. Pratt plays Owen like Star Lord mixed with a Navy SEAL -- funny, clever, courageous. His chemistry with Howard's Claire is breezy and full of banter (and not nearly as sexist as some critics were worried about).

This is definitely a big-budget blockbuster: It's loud, thrilling, and full of intense sequences that will make viewers jump -- or possibly cower, depending on their age. Indominus is a mean, scary, killing machine, and the devastation she leaves in her wake makes the original movie's death toll look positively tame by comparison. The boys are both accomplished young actors, and they poignantly and realistically portray kids who are alternately impulsive, courageous, and frightened out of their minds. It's not groundbreaking in the same way Jurassic Park was, but if you're looking for heart-quickening fun, Jurassic World clearly delivers.

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