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Parent reviews for The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Common Sense says

Classic shoot-'em-up not for young viewers.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews
Adult Written byDr3w November 8, 2011

The Magnificent Seven prove themselves truly magnificent

This is a classic film that has so many things going for it. Great performances by a young cast that would almost all go on to have legendary careers, a rousing musical score, beautiful cinematography, cool action scenes (even some of my teen friends were visibly impressed), and a saddlebag full of unforgettable one-liners. Watching the documentary about the making of this film gave me an even greater appreciation for it as I discovered that Steve McQueen and the rest of the cast were all trying to one-up eachother and especially the established star, Yul Brynner. All that said, all that would have only made The Magnificent Seven a good film. What makes it a great film is its heart. So many scenes in it are poignant and moving as the The Magnificent Seven prove themselves truly magnificent. Their sacrificial decision at the film's end echoes the sacrifice of Christ in the Bible in that they are willing to give up their lives for people who have betrayed them. The first time I watched this film, I was thirteen years old, and I remember crying as MILD SPOILER WARNING several members of the Seven die heroic deaths SPOILER END. Parents should know that there are about 8 mild curses in this film (h-words and d-words, mostly in one scene), a brief mention is made of rape (mild, not graphic at all), there is some passionate kissing, alcohol use, and the violence can be fairly bloody (despite what other reviewers say, when people get shot in this movie, and I counted a body count of about fifty, there is sometimes quite a bit of blood). This film remains one of my favorite westerns, one of my favorite films to quote, and a film that I watch time and time again.

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Adult Written byDpc6950 April 26, 2012

Underappreciated classic western worth a watch!

I saw this movie when I was nine years old and was impressed by many scenes and messages in the movie. This is far superior to any Spielberg picture that millions of parents allow their children to be submitted to. The violence is there, yes...but not close up and gory as today's films. It made me want to defend a small Mexican village against all odds. That's not a bad example for a young boy!

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Adult Written bykmos_99 January 18, 2016

OK for kids 9+

The first action in this movie is people taking a stand against racism against native Americans. There's plenty to learn about loyalty, honor, love, family and true/false perceptions of bravery vs cowardice. The script is surprisingly nuanced for a 'simple' story. People get shot, but there's almost no blood and (spoiler alert) the characters that kids most identify with make it through OK, so its not too intense. Great 'gateway' action move for kids.

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Parent of a 7 year old Written byElliott and Gwen September 26, 2018

No parts that stop the shooting

Even though I’m seven I watched it with my dad. And also I loooove movies. So they should put some parts to calm down Younger cowboy movie lovers.

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