Red Tails

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Wartime drama mixes aerial combat, worthy messages, cliches.

PG-13 2012 125 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 18 reviews

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age 16+

Disappointing, Disturbing

My advice: Don't bother. **Warning: Spoilers** The writers tried to tackle too many characters in too short a film, relying on cliches to fill in development gaps. This may have done well as a tv series instead of a movie. I was expecting a powerful story about these incredible men but instead got a dozen goofy, rushed subplots and excessive gore. Several main characters are in intense peril, horribly injured, and killed. The graphic violence is used to create emotion where storytelling falls short. Includes typical PG-13 language, including one use of "N-" and other overtly racist comments. A romantic relationship develops and includes implied sex, but the couple aren't shown in bed. A man struggles with alcohol but never really seems drunk? It's supposed to be an important plot point but it's tacked on really poorly.

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Too much violence
age 10+


This is a great movie and I liked it very much. The effects are great too. But if you're a person who wants every detail about the Tuskegee Air Men correct, there are a few things wrong in this movie but it just adds more excitement.

This title has:

Great role models

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