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Parents' Guide to

Valkyrie

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Tense, violent WWII thriller offers lots to talk about.

Movie PG-13 2008 130 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 10+

WW2 story is violent and at times depressing, but nothing too bad.

Valkyrie is a mildly entertaining WW2 movie which stars Tom Cruise and many other famous actors. There is not as much violence as you would expect, but when the violence does occur, it can be quite disturbing to younger viewers. The violence consists of two suicides by guns or grenades (one of these is offscreen and the other one is onscreen, but there is no blood or gore) and a scene where multiple people are executed by guns or by being hung. The executions are all shown on screen, but there is no blood or gore at all. There other issues are the language which consists of 1 f-word and one use of the word wh0re. There is also some injury detail which could be disturbing to Younger kids. This includes a mans amputated arm being shown (with no blood) and a brief scene of some undeatailed flesh wounds. It is also worth mentioning that the whole setting being WW2 might be a bit to heavy for some young kids to handle, but i think most mature kids should be fine.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 10+

My son watched Valkyrie and loved it so much that he decided to do a history project on it and went all the way to state and won! He was amazed by the courage of the German people who were brave enough to stand up up to Hitler and the Nazi's no matter the consequences. I highly recommend it!

1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (41 ):

Directed by Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns), VALKYRIE turns a lesser-known historical footnote into a gripping, well-executed thriller. Cruise is surrounded by a terrific cast (including Kenneth Branagh, Terrence Stamp, and Bill Nighy) as his co-conspirators, while Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson plays a military commander trying to play both sides. After years of seeing German officers presented as bad guys in films, wrapping your head around the concept of German military men opposed to Hitler and his rule -- so opposed that they're willing to risk their lives and those of everyone they know -- is a tricky challenge.

Cruise is easy to watch -- von Stauffenberg is a cool customer constantly in danger of having the situation explode in his face -- but the real star of the film is Singer's superbly executed direction and engaging technical skill. Aided by Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander's screenplay, Singer pulls an unexpected amount of suspense out of a story with a foregone conclusion; we know the conspirators didn't succeed. But there's plenty of tension to be found in showing how they tried -- and exactly how they failed. Valkyrie is a remarkably well-crafted thriller with plenty of food for thought between the explosions and ticking-clock suspense.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 25, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: May 19, 2009
  • Cast: Bill Nighy , Kenneth Branagh , Tom Cruise
  • Director: Bryan Singer
  • Inclusion Information: Bisexual directors
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 130 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence and brief strong language
  • Last updated: March 28, 2023

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