Parents' Guide to

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Lots for both kids and adults to enjoy.

Movie PG 2004 106 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 12+

Language is present

Good movie - maybe for a little older kids, but there’s plenty of action to keep fans of Marvel movies and other similar genres interested. It DOES contain “damn” and “hell”, so Common Sense Media is wrong in saying no language is present. Also one brief sequence in which the two main characters wake up in bed realizing they have no clothes on (no nudity, though) which has its implications, but then we come to find out a third person is in bed, too, and that they were rescued and “contaminated” clothes burned - but the initial thinking is something sexual happened. Watched with my 8 year old grandson, and I was thinking there would be NO language based on the review and was a bit uncomfortable when the bed scene popped up.
age 13+

Not for Elementry Kids

We just finished watching this movie with my 9 year old son and he hated it. He thought it should be for adults only because it was way too scary for him. He asked me how he was going to get all those scary images out of his head now, especially the man who was killed and turned into a skelton, and the dried up corpse. As adults my husband and I enjoyed the movie, but we feel bad that our son is worried he will have nightmares tonight.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (4 ):

The story is an unabashed and un-ironic tribute to the days of cliff-hanger serials. The antagonistic-lover banter benefits from snappy delivery, but it's not quite up to the best of the 30's dialogue. It is not always easy to step back from amazement and admiration for the technology of the film to just enjoy the story. The scenes are superbly imaginative and Conran does more than create arresting visuals. He creates a world with consistent (and very dramatic) light sources and a sense of three-dimensional believability.

Paltrow and Law are fine, as are Giovanni Ribisi as Law's mechanical whiz buddy who gets kidnapped by the robots and Angelina Jolie with an eye-patch as the endlessly sporty Commander Frankie, especially considering that they all spent weeks in an empty room being told to move precisely two feet to the right and then look amazed or resolute.

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