Parents' Guide to

Wonder Woman (2009)

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Engaging animated superheroine tale has graphic violence.

Movie PG-13 2009 75 minutes
Wonder Woman (2009) Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

A good take on the Wonder Woman story, but not for little ones

As an aging comic book geek, I quite enjoyed this. It's a good rendering of the current comic arc of the Wonder Woman character, which does away with whole secret identity thing and depicts her as kind of aloof and dismissive of male-dominated society, having come from a female one she considers superior. That's actually a pretty radical feminist concept, and this movie treats it seriously, but with a healthy dose of humor. It's interesting to have a female character so powerful and confident that frat-boy sexism is simply inconsequential to her. The story invokes a Saturday-matinee view of Greek mythology with combat and violence that's a bit more intense than you might expect in a cartoon. That, combined with a subtle but frequent references to sexuality (an evil child is referred to as a "product of unholy union") make this one a definite PG-13 -- but teens and above of both genders will find this a smart and snappy superhero adventure.
age 14+

Designed for adults, NOT kid friendly

If you are watching with the kids, be forewarned that this is very similar to last year's Justice League also released by Warner Animation. This is also in the genre of darker, grown-up cartoons for the adults who remembered Superfriends and the Wonder Woman animated series and wanted a little more. The quips are grown up and in my opinion not for impressionable minds. The movie is great for adults, but the dialogue and violence prevents me from letting my child see it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Like the Amazon archers themselves, this movie hits it targets more often than not, despite the familiarly basic TV-level animation. While a Wonder Woman blockbuster lingered on Hollywood's drawing-boards, this engaging, action-crammed animated feature reached the streaming marketplace first. Some sequences, like a jet dogfight, are truly kinetic and exciting, and the script puts modern wit, battle-of-the-sexes dialogue, and feminism into a lively cauldron with the ancient Greek myth -- well, DC Comics' selective notion of it anyway.

Setting Wonder Woman against a basically all-powerful god is bit of a stretch, even by the wobbly logic of superhero antics, and Aries is a one-dimensional baddie. But chauvinist Steve gets a zinger with his line that a nice-guy god would probably never even have a girlfriend, as Aries does. A sub-theme proposes that the self-reliant Amazon women go wrong by aspiring to remain chaste and aloof from romantic love; interestingly, the novelization (but not the movie) of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith claims the Jedi Knights make the same mistake.

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