The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Pitt stars in beautiful -- but brutal -- Western.

R 2007 152 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 8 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Beautiful, Amazing

This movie is absolutely phenomenal while it doesn't top other movies like my all time favorite Whiplash or Inglourious Basterds, but it's definitely up there. I watched this with my 12 year old son and when I asked him for help with this review he said this: "I mean I think it's fine for my age, you could probably say something like most pre-teens can handle this and all ages 13 and up" I wholeheartedly agreed with what my son said because honestly CSM is completely wrong. All the sex references are extremely minor and something you may even find in a Marvel movie. As for the violence it is definitely there and yes, strong, however it does not glorify as for the majority of it. Whenever I'm looking to see if a movie is appropriate for my son or even my daughter (14) I constantly see the same article. The article says how movie violence will desensitize kids to violence in real life, to put that in simpler words when you see a kid with a broken leg you don't react as greatly as you should because they didn't have their head blown off like in that one movie you just watched; however, I would argue that this film doesn't do that to any extent. While yes it is on the violent side of westerns it's still no Django Unchained and frankly it wouldn't do anything similar to desensitize your kid to violence. This is a must watch for any film lovers and I have strong faith in it becoming The Shane of my grandkids' time.
age 15+

Long and slow-moving, but worth it in the end

This movie is long and slow moving, but in the end it turns out to be quite powerful. Those who have the patience to ride it out, will be rewarded for their efforts. This is not your typical action based, shoot out filled western. "The Assassination of Jesse James" is really a psychological drama that just happens to be set in the old west. Most teens probably won't have the patience for this film, and the brutal violence and sexual references should keep away most kids under 15.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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For kids who love action-packed dramas

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