The Great Escape

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

age 8+

An exceptional story about teamwork.

NR 1963 172 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 13+

Better for older kids

The story of prisoners of war escaping their prison camp by means of tunneling, is clever and fun, and the kids were enjoying it. Then the prisoners do escape and it all goes a bit pear shaped.. my husband and I forgot that many of them get gunned down. The final straw was a POW on a motorcycle who is shot entangled in barbed wire and it completely traumatized my 9 year old son. He was beside himself, we stopped the movie and it took a very long time to calm him. It really really upset him, which we weren’t expecting, as he’s seen some milder action movies before and enjoyed. We feel terrible, I don’t think he’ll get over this for a long time. For this reason I would recommend for early teens as minimum age, but perhaps it’s just my kid and others will be fine. It really loses the uplifting tone as all the protagonists efforts to escape end up for nothing.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 14+

For teenagers and up..

It's a great movie, but really not for kids. Teens would be ok with it. As others say, heroes are gunned down and other tragic moments that aren't good for kids. I'm surprised they have 8+ here.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence

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