Parents' Guide to

Time Bandits

By Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fun fantasy has a bit of bite.

Movie PG 1981 110 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 18+

Occultism and Scary

My parent let me watch when I was young and I had nightmares, I watched it when I was older… and I found out why. This movie is full of scary occultism/satanic visuals. I would never let my two kids watch this.
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age 11+


I saw this movie when I was 6 years old. I was imeaditly freaked out! ------------------------------------------- Spolier------------------------------------------ When I saw his parents explode after touching the "Evil" I didn't sleep for days. I would not let anyone over 10 see this movie.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (7):

This movie is an enjoyable romp meant to appeal to the adventurous child in everyone. Directed by "Monty Python's Flying Circus" animator Terry Gilliam, Time Bandits takes its young hero on an absurdist tour through various times and places in history. A considerable vein of black humor and irreverence runs through the movie, giving it a sharp edge not often found in kids' fantasies.

The film's look is and special effects are impressive and imaginative, but the plot and characters are somewhat inconsistent and the satire is frequently harsh. Older kids may find the black humor hilarious, but it's questionable viewing for the very young. Still, the film's virtues easily outweigh its flaws and it's a perfect movie for those who prefer their fantasy with a bit of bite.

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