Tears of the Sun

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Shamelessly one-sided with cheesy wooden dialogue.

R 2003 118 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 17+

This is what they do

I rely on common sense media (CSM) for insight into movies' "appropriateness." CSM is usually very trustworthy. But in this case very far from the mark. Tears of the Sun is akin to hallowed classics such as platoon or full metal jacket. It displayed a level of shocking realism which, I believe, young people need to be aware of. Parents please watch with your young adult children. Men up against impossible odds, willing to give their lives to help the powerless and stop real dark and powerful forces. Great suffering, terrible pain, a willingness to sacrifice oneself for another. These are themes which can be difficult for young people to understand.

This title has:

Great messages
age 11+

old but still great movie

So the reviewer got angry that the squad leader valiantly risked his and his men's life at risk to valiantly save others? Hmmm. With this line of thinking, I guess all police officers, miliataries, and fire men in the world need to quit their jobs so people like this reviewer can be happy. That opinion was not Common Sense Media's opinion, only this reviewer's (or at least I SURE hope so) This is a very touching, sentimental film that just makes you love what the commander does to stop those creeps that kill innocents. If you let your child watch this kind of violence, then you should sit down with him/her to enjoy this awesome movie

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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