Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Seagoing sci-fi swashbuckler fun despite bad reputation.

PG-13 1995 112 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 14+

Don't listen to the bad reputation. It's actually really good!

Waterworld is an amazingly entertaining film, with epic and stunning action sequences. Waterworld stars Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tina Majorino, and Dennis Hopper. They all act amazingly in this film. I also love the astonishing sets they built for the film like, the Atoll. Waterworld is an awesome and breathtaking film. Violence 3/5- Lots of explosions, gun-play, punching, kicking, knives, and people and boats are shot with spears. The Deacon loses his eye in a huge explosion (we only see the bloody eye socket.) The Mariner almost drowns in human sludge. Language 3/5- frequent use of mild profanity one F-bomb. Sexy Stuff 2/5- Female rear nudity. Drinking Drugs and Smoking 2/5- The Smokers smoke a lot. Overall the film would probably be okay for 14+.
age 13+

An average action flick with a unique premise

Waterworld isn't too bad, but it isn't anything spectacular either. They spent an awful lot of money on a film that just didn't get where it was trying to go.

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