Left Behind

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Mix of apocalyptic book series and the Bible.
  • PG-13
  • 2001
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 17 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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


Characters in peril, some killed, disappearance of millions of people.


References to adultery.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has a great deal of violence, including a murder that may be shocking to some people. The disappearance of millions of people and apocalyptic theme is genuinely disturbing, and may be very upsetting to some audiences. There is no bad language, but there are mild references to an extramarital affair.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 and 13-year-old Written bythunder6950 May 31, 2015

My children loved this series.

I watched alongside my children in order to answer any questions. Everything that would be inappropriate in other movies, is more implied in this one or done of... Continue reading
Adult Written bymabel2009 February 23, 2009

makes u think!

awesome! kirk cameron at his best!
Teen, 14 years old Written byMidori K. April 4, 2014

Take It Seriously - Someday This Just Might Be Our Reality.

The movie is really good, but I'd advise you to read the books first. I have to admit, there is quite a bit of violence, but it should be fine for tweens a... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySweet but Psycho April 25, 2020


I seriously think that this is real. This is exactly as it is written in the Bible.

What's the story?

Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains) plays Buck Williams, a television news correspondent with a big story. An Israeli scientist has discovered a way to feed the world with a special grain that is plentiful, hardy, and inexpensive. He wants to make it available to everyone but some powerful and wealthy people do not want that to happen. Buck takes an airplane flight piloted by Rayford Steele (Bradford Johnson). Flight attendant Hattie Durham (Chelsea Noble), a friend of Buck's and Rayford's mistress, is also on board. Suddenly, dozens of passengers simply disappear, leaving their clothes behind, while down below, millions of people, as many as a third of all the people on earth, have vanished. Rayford rushes home and finds that the only one left is his daughter, Chloe (Janaya Stephens). His wife and son are gone, leaving only their clothes behind. Buck and Rayford try to find out what has happened. They get some answers from a minister, who tells them that the people who are gone are the true believers. They are with God, and the rest are left behind. A minister named Nicolae Carpathia (Gordon Currie) appears to be the pawn of powerful industrialists who want to take advantage of the hysteria to control the food supply. But Nicolae has other plans.

Is it any good?

LEFT BEHIND tries hard to succeed as parable and as thriller. It is based not just on the first in a series of best-selling books, but also on the Biblical Book of Revelations, and is made by people who care as much about teaching their views of the Word of God as they do about making an exciting movie. They do an impressive job. The movie's script, acting, and production values are not up to the standards of mainstream Hollywood theatrical productions, but it is filmed with a lot of sincerity. Many families, especially those who have a hard time finding movies they are comfortable sharing with their children, will find this to be a worthwhile thriller for older children and a starting point for some important conversations.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about this movie's roots in traditional Christian doctrine and about their own views of faith, God, and heaven. They should also talk about those characters who are deceived by others, and what makes that possible. Why do Buck and Hattie see Nicolae so differently?

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