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Parents' Guide to

Stargate

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Promising setup killed by action-film cliches.

Movie PG-13 1994 128 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 13+

Better than you think it's gonna be.

Not expecting very much from this film and it did not disappoint. However, it did do me one better and was more entertaining than I thought possible, but I should have known that when you put Kurt Russell and James Spader in the same scenes that at the very least it will capture the viewer's attention. Fun and frilly.
age 13+

I have read the people who reviewed this movie and I can't believe it. This movie has some shoot them up stuff. That is about the only bad thing about the movie. The main character does have a brief moment where the woman tries to give herself to the man but nothing is shown. Just her shoulders are exposed for a very brief moment.

I loved it.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (3 ):

If you loved Raiders of the Lost Ark and tolerated Dune, Stargate might just be your kind of movie. It borrows from both (an earthshaking archaeological find leads to a sandy planet in rebellious upheaval) but rearranges the pieces to create something that -- at least in the beginning -- is unique and relatively sophisticated. The Egyptian sci-fi motif lends itself to some dynamite sets and costumes. The characters, however, are mostly clichés. Though admirable in the role, James Spader plays the generic egghead ostracized for his outlandish beliefs. And Kurt Russell, as the tough guy colonel whose son accidentally shot and killed himself, would be easier to sympathize with if we didn't see him sitting despondently in the boy's room fondling a handgun.

The movie goes a bit effects-happy toward the end with morphing, glowing eyes, and crackling electricity. It's a distraction to keep us from seeing a promising setup going down in a mire of Hollywood convention. There's lots of fist fighting, a deadly bomb countdown, even an embarrassing Schwarzenegger-style catch phrase: "Give my regards to King Tut, a--hole!" That's about as bad as the language gets. The violence is also minimal for this sort of fare, so pull the teens onto the couch with you and buckle up. Fun is the key word here. Don't look for anything more and you're in for a good time.

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