Parents' Guide to

Madame Web

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Action violence in female-centered Spidey superhero tale.

Movie PG-13 2024 116 minutes
Madame Web Movie Poster: Madame Web (Dakota Johnson) in the center, with other characters flanking her

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 9+

Really enjoyed seeing 4 women in a hero role. I think a lot of the haters are men that don’t like seeing women in powerful roles. Ten times better than Aqua Man. Smart, interesting and creative story. Dakota Johnson was amazing! Don’t believe the social media bs. Go see the movie and judge for yourself. You will be glad you did!
age 10+

i think its an ok movie recommend this one but not suitable for everyone

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (14 ):

Director S.J. Clarkson smoothly weaves four diverse female characters into the Spider-verse, but Madame Web ultimately lacks bite -- and credibility. On the plus side, Sony's parallel/independent Marvel Universe is doing well when it comes to superhero inclusivity. For parents of daughters, there can never be too many aspirational fierce female characters, and the ones here are all from different walks of life in terms of race, socio-economic class, and family status.

But will this web of positivity catch kids' attention, or will they fly right through it? Cassie's abilities become more and more far-fetched, effects that might read well on the page but are difficult to depict on screen without making audiences scoff. (Even in a fantasy feature, there are limits to suspending disbelief.) And at times, the dialogue calls attention to its lack of imagination as well, sometimes provoking unintended laughs. On the other hand, the writers have fun with the 2003 setting, an era that was particularly challenging for women. When the girls dance to Britney Spears, it's a wink to those who appreciate the symbolism of four women banding together to stop a "Toxic" man who puts his own needs over their own.

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