Parents' Guide to

Schindler's List

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Accurate, heartbreaking masterpiece about the Holocaust.

Movie R 1993 196 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 33 parent reviews

age 13+

The Greatest Movie of all Time!

This is the definition of a perfect movie, I never found any flaws or technical issues, it has perfect music, acting, editing, cinematography, pacing. The characters are great and memorable, you can feel very sad, happy, angry, scared when the film needs you to feel. Also a plus is that it’s historically accurate. 👍 The is quite possibly the most important movie in history, if we had 1 movie to show the world to prevent from future horrors it would be this movie.
age 12+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (33 ):
Kids say (103 ):

There are few films more powerful and important than this 1993 winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, but that's not why you should watch this film. Watch it for the brilliant storytelling, great acting, and its message that one person can make a difference in the face of evil.

While Schindler's List is a brilliant film, its three-plus hour running time and true-to-life grisly violence make it mostly a film for adults. If you have a particularly mature teen, share this film with him and talk about it afterward. Families that watch the film may want to watch the bonus features on the real-life experiences of the Schindler Jews and on the Survivors of the Shoah Foundation. The film may prompt a discussion of genocide elsewhere in the world and what individuals can do to help put an end to it. It may also prompt a visit to a museum of tolerance or the Holocaust Museum.

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