Father and child sit together smiling while looking at a smart phone.

Want more recommendations for your family?

Sign up for our weekly newsletter for entertainment inspiration

Parents' Guide to

Tyson's Run

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Feel-good family drama has discrimination, peril.

Movie PG 2022 103 minutes
Tyson's Run Movie Poster

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

This film has the look and feel of a TV movie, and Major Dodson's heartfelt portrayal of a teen with autism is nearly undermined by other, less subtle performances, themes, and concepts. But ultimately Tyson's Run has enough heart and an uplifting story "inspired by a real boy" to balance out and offer a film that may speak especially to those with friends or family members on the spectrum. Some fancy camerawork at the start of the movie (shot from inside a computer screen or football helmet) is mostly abandoned later and doesn't match the rest of the by-the-books filming.

The cast is a bit uneven here too, unfortunately. Abdi deserves more screen time, and his Aklilu comes across as both world weary and wisely optimistic. Smart and Cochrane overly dramatize their performances as Tyson's panicky mom and unhappy dad (Cochrane might not smile once this whole film). But Dodson, billed as "on the spectrum" himself, puts in an affecting performance that gives viewers a character and journey to root for. This, in turn, makes the film's climactic ending moving despite its improbability.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate