Parents' Guide to

Morbius

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fighting and biting in by-the-numbers superhero movie.

Movie PG-13 2022 108 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 13+

Better than what critics are saying

I’m not sure why this is getting a lot of bad reviews. It’s certainly not as bad as critics think it is. It’s not a perfect movie but it’s not the worst either. I did think that the film had weird and confusing camera work. The storyline and villain were also very predictable; however, they were still interesting. I thought the special effects were epic, but at times, overdone. Still, I liked that there were no unnecessary action scenes, and I felt that all of them were perfectly placed. The acting was excellent for the most part, and I felt connected to the characters. Overall, Morbius is enjoyable and entertaining enough to watch; it didn’t bore me and it brought a lot of tension. While I do wish that the movie explored its horror element more, it was still eye-grabbing.
age 4+

It's Morbin' Time

Morbius is the greatest movie of our time. It's the first movie to make $1Morbillion at the box office it makes all the other Marvel movies look like fan films by comparison. #MorbiusSweep

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (44 ):

Humorless and as flat and as uninspired as the Venom movies were, this by-the-numbers comic book action movie seems to be operating entirely on autopilot, ticking off plot boxes as it goes. Even the actors seem to be sleeping through their lines in Morbius -- not that there's anything worth hearing, anyway. What might have been deep discussions about life and death, good and evil, or power and weakness are kept strictly on the surface and solved without much bother or meaning. Moral implications are simply ignored. Action scenes are complicated by the strange decision to show vapor trails following the characters as they leap or are thrown across buildings, alleys, and subways.

The choice makes everything look smeary, like a cover-up for potentially underwhelming effects. (Occasionally the movie pauses for a nifty Matrix-like slo-mo shot, which helps clarify things.) While Leto and Smith have the lion's share of Morbius' chunky-sounding dialogue, and while they try to keep hysterics to a minimum, it all comes off sounding more like reading than speaking. The rest of the cast has so little to do that they're barely worth mentioning. And a "surprise" that comes at the end is hardly that, given that the actor in question has been featured in trailers and in the film's credits. Its promise of more "Morbius" to come is less of a promise and more of a warning.

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