Parent reviews for U-571

Common Sense says

A very tense and exciting war movie.
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age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

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age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

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Parent of a 7, 9, and 12-year-old Written byJason V. November 4, 2016

Great Movie. Much More Profanity Than Review Indicates.

I love this movie. It's one of my favorite war movies, but it has much more profanity than the rated review from Common Sense Media indicates. I would say it should get 3-4 marks for language, not 2.

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Parent of an infant and 1-year-old Written byMommaOfTwoo November 23, 2012


This is a decent war movie. It's more suitable for older teens and adults because of language and violence. There are better WW2 films out there, this becomes predictable early on.

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Violence & scariness
Adult Written by@@@ December 16, 2011


Tedious. The plot is one of the many recycled all the time.

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Parent of a 13-year-old Written byTsion March 22, 2009

A Decent War Movie...

U-571 is a good war movie, and it will no doubt appeal to older kids and teens. There are several plot gaps and implausible moments, but it ends up being a pretty enjoyable experience.
Violence is the biggest issue in the film. Many people drown (offscreen) and are shot (onscreen). There is quite a bit of blood and bullet holes, and some fairly intense scenes. Language consists of some "s**t"s, "hells", "a*s"s, and "d**n"s.

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Adult Written bySoccer08 April 9, 2008

Attention: WWII movie fans

U571 is a very good WWII portrayal of life on a submarine in combat. Mathew McConaughey does an excellent job as the executive officer on a US submarine disguised as a German U-boat. The American’s mission was to capture a disabled German U-boat in order to obtain the German encryption machine. This mission had to be completed in total secrecy or the effort would have been in vain. As the story unfolds, the American captain (Bill Paxton) is killed and McConaughey is left in charge of the U-Boat. The film is non-stop action as the Americans navigate their way through German occupied territory. High drama is abundant when the Americans run into a German destroyer that uncovers the mission and attacks their own U-boat. The ending is slightly predicable, but very good. Terrific marks to this short, but entertaining film.