The Light Between Oceans

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Deeply emotional, distressing drama not for faint of heart.

PG-13 2016 130 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 5 reviews

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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.

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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

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