Justice League

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

All-star superhero adventure is uneven but entertaining.

PG-13 2017 121 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 44 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 97 reviews

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age 12+

Zack Snyder's Justice League- not sure this deserves an "R"

To clarify, I am writing a review of the "Snyder Cut" of Justice League. The 2021 version, a 4 hour long re-edit by the original director Zack Snyder- (Not the 2-hour 2017 "Justice League" film started by Snyder but completed by Joss Whedon. ) I love showing superhero movies to my kids but the DC movies of the past 10 years are usually much darker and more intense than the Marvel films- so the lowest age I usually recommend most of these for is kids 12 and up- I've made some exceptions here and there. Individual scenes in Justice League might be fine for younger kids (there are some very good Wonder Woman and Amazon war scenes that I would say are fine for younger children than that but as a whole the film is very murky and dark and grim in tone.) I honestly think most kids would be bored more than scared, due to its slow, mood-setting, character-building pace. This cut is generally an improvement over the 2017 cut- more time for character development and more superhero action. In terms of values and messages, it emphasizes the importance of teamwork, cooperation, self-sacrifice, responsibility and heroism, making amends for one's mistakes, helping those who need it, and showing compassion for those in pain and dealing with loss and grief. The violence is mostly large "Return of the King" type battle scenes of CGI aliens or warriors being stabbed or zapped. I recall seeing a VERY small amount of blood in a couple of battle scenes. The main CGI villain gets decapitated at the end, bloodlessly, after a pretty violent pummeling by various superheroes. A body is zapped out of existence by an alien weapon and you can see bones and muscle being vaporized in slow motion but not bloody, more like an anatomical illustration. The F word is used precisely 3 times- once by a villain and twice by heroes- this is not a high-profanity movie, but it's there. There are also very dark THEMES. The film really focuses on death and grief- dead superheroes, dead parents, grieving fiances, grieving husbands, grieving parents. There are no fewer that three voiceovers by dead fathers talking to their sons in this film... If you know about the personal family tragedy that caused the filmmaker to leave the film initially, this all greatly adds to the emotional power of the film, clearly a very passionate and personal work. But it also makes it more adult. Long story short- I think the very slow pace will bore younger children before they have a chance to be scared or scandalized-- the themes of loss and grief will go over most of their heads, the action scenes may very well thrill them but might scare younger children. It really feels more of a harder PG-13 than an R. So fine for 12+ in my opinion, though use your judgement based on the kid. I am a father of 6.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
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age 9+

Gets a bad rap...

This movie is good. I think the reason people don't seem to like it is because it has amnesia about Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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