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By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Modest monster flick is great fun for teens.

Movie PG-13 1990 96 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 6+


I watched this old favorite with my 10, 7, and 6 year old. The main problem with the movie is the language. The cussing is about every fifth word, but my children really don’t catch on to it. The 6 and 7 year olds don’t really know what’s a cuss word. My 10 year old is mature enough not to care. There were 10-15 human deaths with several severed body parts including face shots. My girls were scared at parts, but it wasn’t realistic, and of course it ends well. The blood from the monsters was yellow and orange. There were no sexual connotations. Only a light kiss at the end. We all enjoyed it and I found it harmless.

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Too much swearing
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age 6+
Some cursing, but it's PG-13 level cursing. Not a ton of gore. A couple of people die in mostly comical ways. A couple of jump scares, but the movie is mostly campy. There's one brief scene where the female protagonist gets her pants torn off by a monster and has to run to safety in her underwear; but otherwise there is no nudity in the movie. Overall, a good film for kids.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (30 ):

Modestly made, Tremors is nonetheless a real crowd-pleaser, in part thanks to the chemistry between Ward and Bacon. While the film's got a modest budget, the script has real polish and integrity, as it hews close to the rules it sets and applies real logic and care to its scenes.

There's some adventure violence and peril in the film, yes, but the movie's so wonderfully aware of what it is, hewing close to the B-movie tradition, that it never overdose the rough stuff; instead, it's simple fun that works remarkably well. There have been several straight-to-video sequels, but the original is clearly the best of the bunch -- and a great modern iteration of an old-fashioned creature feature.

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