The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Sequel bolstered by brave elves, scary dragon, big spiders.

PG-13 2013 161 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 122 reviews

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age 12+

Fun and entertaining movie.

A little bit scary but not to much blood.

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age 11+

Great movie, though it is slightly darker than the first

This is a great movie, truly it is. While some may think, oh dear, there is sex in this film?! Don’t be alarmed. There is literally none. The violence is somewhat disturbing sometimes, but it is nothing an 11 year old can’t handle. The scary images aren’t too intense, and over all me and my family love these movies. Bilbo, Thorin, Gandalf and Co. are all great role models, and I think parents will enjoy the innocent, lovely heart of this film

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