Skyfall

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Bond returns for more racy, action-packed thrills.
  • PG-13
  • 2012
  • 143 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 95 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

While espionage and conflict/violence are glamorized throughout the Bond series, in this installment, loyalty, tradition, and the notion that "right trumps might" prevail.

Positive Role Models & Representations

James Bond often relies on violence to accomplish his goals, is frequently driven by revenge, has his share of vices, and has been known to choose iffy ways of resolving problems, but he's devoted to his employer, MI6, and to keeping the world's safety in balance. His mentor, M, may seem prickly, but she respects him highly. The villain is incredibly malicious and seeks to hurt for sport and vengeance.

Violence

Though not as dark/gritty/bloody as Quantum of Solace, in true Bond fashion, there's nonstop action mayhem, with a strangling, gunfire, point-blank shootings, an execution, huge explosions, hand-to-hand combat, stabbings, car/train crashes, the works. A character removes shrapnel from himself with a knife. Characters die from falls, being eaten by hungry animals (not shown explicitly), gunshots, and more.

Sex

Lots of sexual innuendo and sex scenes in the shadows -- literally, with couples in darkness in scenes that show Bond's bare chest and/or a woman's naked back. Kissing. Some scenes between bond and the villain feel flirtatious as well.

Language

Infrequent swearing includes one "f--k," plus a few uses of "s--t," "damn," "c--k," "hell," "bitch," "for Christ's sakes," "bastard," "buggered," and "bloody."

Consumerism

Brands seen early and often include Rolex, Aston Martin, Audi, Sony Vaio, Range Rover, VW, Heineken, Tom Ford, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A martini, shaken (not stirred), makes an appearance. Bond also drinks other alcohol frequently in some parts of the movie, sometimes with the apparent purpose of getting drunk. Social drinking at parties and restaurants. A woman smokes a cigarette.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Skyfall is a thrilling, entertaining, and -- as you'd expect -- frequently violent entry in the beloved James Bond franchise. While not as gritty/dark as star Daniel Craig's last two go-rounds (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace), Skyfall has all of the ingredients that longtime Bond fans have come to count on: sex scenes that are suggestive but not explicit, frequent sexual repartee, guns, fights, big explosions, car chases, some cringe-inducing injuries and deaths, and constant peril. There's also some drinking and swearing (one "f--k," plus "s--t" and more) and some almost flirtatious-feeling scenes between Bond and the main villain. And, of course, the requisite product placement for everything from Aston Martin cars to Tom Ford clothes.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byDan G. November 20, 2012

Whoa, NOT for children!

A movie where the hero practices irresponsible sexual activity and violently kills others is no children's movie. If you do not want your son emulating Ja... Continue reading
Parent of a 8 and 12-year-old Written byfastraxsg November 16, 2012

12 year old point of view

i am 12 and my mom and my dad went with me to watch skyfall. There were some parts when my mom made me close my eyes... Lol. It was a really awesome movie! Kind... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byzkirku March 17, 2014

Good action! Bad ending.

Great action but there is some blood. The cussing overall isn't that bad, no f bomb, but there is a couple s words. The story is ok but Bond does all this... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old May 29, 2020

The best bond

This is a very complete James Bond.

What's the story?

When evil Silva (Javier Bardem), a vengeful ex-MI6-er, gets his hands on a list of undercover agents and endangers them by revealing their identities, five at a time, on the Internet, James Bond (Daniel Craig) must put a stop to his plans, fast. But Silva is a wily devil, relying more on cyberspace weapons than on the tricky tools that 007 is more accustomed to. Q (Ben Whishaw), an upstart wunderkind, equips Bond with the leanest of gadgetry, but Silva is hell-bent on destruction -- and on killing his ultimate prize, M (Judi Dench), whom he blames for his ruin.

Is it any good?

Thrilling from start to finish, SKYFALL is a feat of Bond-ism, a mix of lean-and-mean modernism and momentum that also pays homage to the series' iconic status. The martini remains, though the line "shaken, not stirred" is no more. (It's unnecessary.) The Aston Martin makes a thoughtful appearance and then is shot to smithereens, as if to mark a literal break from the past.

But it's the movie's trip to Bond's own past that makes Skyfall more than just an espionage re-tread. And Bardem is a fearsome villain with pathos and a back story plucked from Greek mythology and Shakespeare. Skyfall soars, making the Bond franchise as relevant as ever.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes James Bond "cool." Is it his skills? His attitude? Do you consider him a role model? What makes him so appealing (and enduring) in general?

  • How does the violence in the more recent Bond movies compare to the older ones? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • Is the Bond franchise still relevant for today's sensibilities? Does Skyfall advance it or keep it in the past?

  • Does Skyfall use drinking and smoking to support or take away from the Bond franchise's appeal?

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