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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violent, uninspired comic-book tale misses the mark.

Movie PG-13 2018 112 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 73 parent reviews

age 13+

This film isn't as violent as you might think

Alright film with good CGI and story but can be a bit boring at times it has some violence but theres practically no blood the only thing i would be worried about is that he sometimes kills people in disgusting way and swearing (which in my opinion is fine because you're gonna hear it at some point anyway) but to be honest its not something that a more mature 11 year old couldn't watch
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age 18+

Unnecessary swearing

I liked the movie although the plot was a bit clunky at first. We took our almost 14 yr old to see it and felt there was a bunch of unnecessary swearing. The plot was weird,but I eventually got it halfway through the movie. Really should keep it swear free if pg13.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
3 people found this helpful.

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It moves quickly and is fairly good-natured, but otherwise this flatly written, uninspired comic-book action movie feels more like a paycheck-driven business decision than an artistic inspiration. (Sony no longer holds the rights to the Spider-Man character, in whose universe the Venom character originated, so Venom could have been an attempt to cling to some kind of money-generating superhero franchise.) The movie boasts some interesting creature visual effects, but Hardy is the only actor who seems to be trying. And he feels miscast as a character who's part intrepid reporter and part comical buffoon; he has trouble with the jokes' timing.

The other characters are badly underwritten, especially Williams' Anne and Ahmed's soft-spoken, psychotic villain, Drake; they never feel like more than just plot placeholders. As for Venom, while he's a full-fledged villain in the comics (and, when last seen on-screen in Spider-Man 3), this movie takes several highly implausible logic turns to make him into a hero -- and to justify Eddie wanting to leave the intruder inside his body. The story is softened into a cheerful, good-guy romp rather than taking the character to its natural extremes and making it a flat-out scary monster movie. Instead, it feels like a bungled attempt to make a movie that's widely appealing -- as this Venom will appeal to very few.

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