Parents' Guide to

The Light Between Oceans

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Deeply emotional, distressing drama not for faint of heart.

Movie PG-13 2016 130 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Amazing, yet emotional film of raising an orphaned child.

This was an amazing film! I loved the plot, and the acting was on point! This film isn't for the faint of heart, and it's VERY emotional. The film deals with serious themes including grief, death, and more. The film also contains a sex scene with thrusting and partial nudity shown and is actually a bit graphic for a PG-13 film. Overall, this a great film, and is okay for teens 14 and up.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 16+

Amazingly Creative....Morally Riveting

M. L. stedman is extremely gifted in creative writing!!! I am 62 years old and must say, "The Light Between Oceans" is one of the best movies I have ever seen. How refreshing to see a movie today with such depth, so morally thought provoking...and most of all, the beautiful and moving exchange of a most intimate kind of love.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (5):

Grief is palpable in this beautiful, heartbreaking drama, intensified by Fassbender, Vikander, and Weisz' excellent performances. The cinematography is exquisite -- the landscape is a match to the epic story of pain and distance that The Light Between Oceans tells. Director Derek Cianfrance, who adapted the movie from the best-selling novel by M.L. Steadman, takes great pains to build the audience's investment in Tom and Isabelle as characters before dismantling the happy life he establishes for them early on right before our very eyes.

But let's be clear here: This movie isn't for the faint of heart. It's brutal in its depiction of intimacy torn apart and a grief that can't subside. It's too bad that the ending feels rushed and Weisz' character is slightly underwritten. Still, this is a powerhouse of a film that deserves to be seen.

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