The Bridge on the River Kwai

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
The Bridge on the River Kwai Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 11+

Epic of WWII honor and sacrifice gone haywire.

PG 1957 161 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 14 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 18+

Masterful epic is disturbingly violent and tragic. 14+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 11+

Kids liked it, skipped some parts

Parents should know that there are several scenes with sexual overtones. There's an old pin up calendar prominently featured in several scenes and several swimming-with-the-natives scenes and attraction between the Thai women who are assisting (by force?) the commando party and also POW camp party with dancers.

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

Character Strengths

Find more movies that help kids build character.

  • Young girl playing
    Courage
    See all
  • Kids in class
    Integrity
    See all

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of a map and jug
    History
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate