Parents' Guide to

Seventh Son

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Weak YA adaptation is far more mature than the books.

Movie PG-13 2015 102 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 13+

There should be a second Seventh son because the adventure is just to begin when the bells rang and I think that the The seventh son is better than Harry Potter and Lord of the rings put to together and I also believe that the sequel could be better than the first one because Tom isn't just master spook he also a witch which gives a good start on the second movie if they will make it

age 12+

Better than expected

Unlike many of the other reviewers, I have not read the book. Coming from an outside point of view I am impressed. At first glance I thought it would be a corny film with awful CGI, however, the CGI was better than expected and it had an engaging storyline. It was engrossed with struggles of loyalty and understanding where they stood. It was centered on witchcraft and was largely concerned the intertwining of witches, seventh sons, and morality.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (15 ):

Like the Percy Jackson movies, Seventh Son is an adaption that absolutely doesn't do justice to the books on which it's based. Fans of Joseph Delaney's Last Apprentice series will probably be particularly unable to stomach the movie, as they'll spend the entire time complaining (possibly out loud) how far from the books the movie diverges, starting with it's hunky 30-something star pretending to be an older teen, playing a character who in the book is actually 12. While it's nothing new for movies to age up middle-school protagonists, it's still disappointing how little (with the exception of character names) this movie resembles Delaney's popular action-packed novels.

What's even more galling is that the actors are all clearly phoning it in or camping it up. Not to mention the eyebrow-raising fact that all of Mother Malkin's minions are played by minorities like Djimon Hounsou, who audiences probably forget is actually a wonderful, nuanced actor. There's little redeeming about Seventh Son, unless watching Bridges act drunk (half of his lines are slurred) and Moore vamp around as a dragon witch sounds like fun. And unfortunately, even though the book series appeals to kids as young as 8 or 9, the filmmakers decided to kick Tom and Alice's romance into gear almost immediately: they kiss passionately (and every kiss leads to Vikander gasping) and appear to sleep together without so much as an "I love you." Skip this and watch (or re-watch) a much worthier fantasy film instead.

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