Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Movie review by Matt Springer, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Kid-centric but violent prequel lacks originals' energy.

PG 1999 133 minutes

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age 8+

Based on 52 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 209 reviews

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age 8+

Way better than 16 years ago with the movie we don’t talk about

Good Star Wars.

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Too much violence
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age 7+

Kids will enjoy it, most adults likely won't.

I'd seen the original trilogy with my old man prior to seeing this by the age of six, and of course, saw this one in cinema with my old man as well. I now have two boys of my own, eldest being six (soon to be seven) years old. I can only go from the experience I had as a child, as well as how my own son is, and I'd say a good baseline for EP1 as well as many other films in the franchise, would sit at / around 7-years-old or above. I loved the franchise and playing with the figures and merch as a young one and my son is exactly the same. He's also got a good head on his shoulders and likes to learn about things, so we talk about a variety of things in life, and he knows / understands to separate reality from fiction and that the people in the movie aren't really hurt, damaged or dying. Obviously, every child is different, mine gets on well with this type of media and we sit down and chat / talk about things both during and afterwards so, everything is learning experience if you're willing to make it one. Parts he found confusing or bits speaking in another language I'd explain to him as well. All in all, was a plesant experience. I think the prequels, whilst not as good as the original trilogy get far too bad a rap. They're not great cinema, but I still think they're solid popcorn movies and I loved all six as a kid. Not a fan of the new trilogy, but I'll let my kids make their own minds up on that front rather than pushing my gripes onto them, and potentially robbing them of something they could learn to like better than I.

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