Parents' Guide to

Jurassic World Dominion

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Intense dino series finale focuses on human relationships.

Movie PG-13 2022 146 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 34 parent reviews

age 8+

Fun mostly positive send-off for the franchise

This is a fun and exciting finale to the JP franchise. My son is 8 but he’s seen so many documentaries with cgi dinosaurs that seeing realistic depictions on a big screen isn’t scary for him. You’ll have to make that decision for your family. They’re all (semi-) realistic and loud. In my opinion the action was appropriate for about age 8 but some of the language made me cringe for my son (I think a lot of it went over his head as the movie is so fast paced). Also it was pretty long for his attention span but he sat through the whole thing. The dinosaurs/prehistoric creatures/flying reptiles were the stars for our son and they include Quetzalcoatlus, gigonotosaurus, dimetrodon, therozinosaurus, etc. Not a lot of gratuitous violence compared with other movies in the franchise with most of the violence between dinos. Characters feel guilty about bad choices, make the right decisions to save others frequently. Women are powerful and autonomous in positive and negative roles. Queer, POC, non birth families, single parent family, and lots of mentions of making the earth healthier to sustain life for the future. One person of size is depicted in the movie much more positively than in the first movie (Nedry). Everyone else is Hollywood thin and typically abled. This felt like a fun throwback to late 80s / early 90s adventure movies before violence and gore and scares were so important. I feel good about this film and my dinosaur crazy son will probably want to go again.
age 9+

Need to flush my brain, worse movie ever.

Wow !!! Just crazy bad! I had high hopes didn’t read any reviews, I wished I did. I want my money back. I’m a big fan of Jurassic Park. This movie should just be thrown in the can. Don’t waste your time or money. Even if you could see it for free. Bad bad bad bad.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (34 ):
Kids say (72 ):

This franchise finale is saved by the original trio of actors who made the original Jurassic Park memorable. Dern, Neill, and Goldblum add much-needed heft to Jurassic World Dominion as characters who are committed to saving the world. That puts them in contrast to Owen and Claire, who are on an extremely personal mission to rescue their daughter from a profit-seeking corporation. The dinosaurs are less impressive this time around, with familiar (and, at this point, predictable) battles between apex predators and several life-or-death moments. But it is a refreshing change to see the predators stalking around a snowy mountain landscape or co-existing with humans around the world. The movie's visual effects and other technical elements are high-quality, with excellent sound design and another on-point Michael Giacchino soundtrack that incorporates John Williams' original theme.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow from a script he co-wrote with Emily Carmichael, the film reunites the original Jurassic characters with the reboot stars, but the story doesn't come together seamlessly. Some developments feel forced and implausible (even beyond the suspension of disbelief required to watch this franchise), like when two characters emerge from a crash landing without even a visible bruise. The characterization is similarly uneven, although at least the three Jurassic Park actors don't need too much support to embody the scientists many viewers will fondly remember surviving the first film. And, despite its missteps, Dominion still delivers enough tension and edge-of-your-seat dinosaur battle action to entertain and close out the franchise.

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