Parents' Guide to

The Lost City of Z

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dense, intelligent, mature, yet measured adventure drama.

Movie PG-13 2017 141 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+


A lot of nudity, just because they are native women doesn’t mean that it is not nudity! Should have been rated R and film industry changed to fit their agenda! Sad!
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age 16+

Beware - this is a bit grim

Not mentioned in the main outline and warnings for this movie are a man getting eaten by Pirahna fish and a body being cooked over a fire by cannibals. Although the fish scene isn't graphic (blood and struggles in the water but no gory visual), it is pretty gruesome to know what happened. The body being cooked is graphic though (I don't know quite how bad/close up because I closed my eyes!) even though there is a non-violent explanation for it. The movie is a bit slow and grim. I don't want to give too much away by being specific but it is not uplifting.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (6 ):

James Gray makes intelligent, good-looking, grown-up movies that are admirable but somehow rather reserved; this real-life adventure tale is a more sprawling work, but the result is similar. Gray (We Own the Night, Two Lovers, The Immigrant) is steeped in the cinema of the 1970s, and The Lost City of Z feels more like Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) than it does Raiders of the Lost Ark. Yet it lacks Aguirre's madness; it's missing the kind of enthusiasm or obsession that might help drive a movie like this.

But there's no denying that it's expertly made. The Amazon footage is harrowing and realistic; you can feel the bugs buzzing around, as well as the supreme heat, humidity, and exhaustion. The images have a high-class, measured realism and complexity of character; no one here is merely a hero or a villain, not even Macfadyen's Murray, whose scenes are the film's most primal and emotional ones (you really want him to suffer for his crimes). This movie requires a little bit of thinking and involvement, but it's worth the effort.

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