The Hunt for Red October

Movie review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Book-based Cold War submarine drama is tense and thrilling.

PG 1990 134 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 10+

Fantastic movie

Showed it to my (highly advanced) 9-year old and he LOVED it. He’s now 12 and has seen it over a dozen times. It’s intense, but just the right amount. A good “first intense thriller” kind of intense. Plot is complicated but with guidance can be followed by a tween. There is a bit of gunfire and a few bad words, but nothing excessive. You may want to preview these scenes ahead of time to judge for yourself, but they aren’t glorified. Overall, this is fun, clever, and exciting.

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