The Shallows

Movie review by Yvonne Condes, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Blake Lively vs. shark in tense, bloody ocean thriller.

PG-13 2016 87 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 45 reviews

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age 13+

Bloody but a great film

This film IS very violent, with characters getting there kegs ripped off, gruesome cuts and a dead whale (for some reason). However, it’s a great film but below twelves shouldn’t watch it unless they can handle gore.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
age 13+

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Great role models

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