Parents' Guide to

The Magnificent Seven

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Crowd-pleasing Western remake is very violent.

Movie PG-13 2016 132 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 14+


The protagonists are completely immoral.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 13+
Amazing movie should e on your watchlist

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
Kids say (19):

It's perhaps a bit too noisy and relentlessly violent, but this remake adds a new, multicultural angle to a sturdy old story and looks good doing it. The Magnificent Seven is a Western that's worth re-telling to a younger generation. Re-teaming with Washington for the third time (after Training Day and The Equalizer), director Antoine Fuqua takes inspiration from many classic Westerns, as well as Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954), which is the original source of the story. His sense of rhythm and space is admirable, though he often errs on the side of too much, rather than not enough.

Yet even if Fuqua's direction isn't on par with that of Kurosawa or Western masters like Sam Peckinpah, he effectively uses the language of the genre to underline its strong, simple themes and codes of honor. The movie occasionally acknowledges racial differences and fears but quickly gets the seven on equal footing, and they come to life in entertaining ways. The thundering score (begun by the late James Horner and completed by Simon Franglen) helps, using bits of Elmer Bernstein's legendary music from the 1960 version. The Magnificent Seven has always been, and still is, more crowd-pleaser than great poetry, and that's OK.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 23, 2016
  • On DVD or streaming: December 20, 2016
  • Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke
  • Director: Antoine Fuqua
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Releasing
  • Genre: Western
  • Character Strengths: Teamwork
  • Run time: 132 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: extended and intense sequences of Western violence, and for historical smoking, some language and suggestive material
  • Last updated: February 26, 2023

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