Parents' Guide to

K-19: The Widowmaker

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Intense wartime submarine movie celebrates heroism.

Movie PG-13 2002 137 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

good movie for older tweens and teens

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 9+

Not a grand movie.

An o.k. action flick. Couple of curse words at the beginning, "SOB, JA" and some bare bums. Nothing too horrible. Some noticable radiation contamination to the skin (burned skin).

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Stuck with an ill-timed summer release in 2002, Kathryn Bigelow's intense, harrowing K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER received mixed reviews, many of which called the film overly serious and too long. Now that Bigelow has won an Oscar for Best Director, it's time to give the movie a second chance.

Bigelow directs with lean efficiency, moving through the submarine's narrow passages swiftly and cleanly. She focuses on a choice few of the men and manages to capture a cross section of them, representing all their hopes and fears in just a few strokes. The movie does indulge in a few "based on a true story" conventions, and the wobbly Russian accents are sometimes distracting, but these are minor quibbles in a brutally effective, brilliantly constructed dramatic thriller.

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