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By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Comic-book adaptation has brains, brawn, and style.

Movie PG-13 2000 104 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 10+

very fun movie

this movie is very fun what you want in your typical action flick lots of action. there is one mutant who looks like she's nude though. I watched it as a mature 10 yrs and I was mature if your 10 yrs is mature they should be able to handle it and not get too disturbed and not get nightmares from it.
age 13+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25 ):
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Launching a multi-film franchise, this is perhaps one of the best super-hero comic book adaptation, in part because it doesn't shy away from the big issues the comic explored, however clumsily. Instead X-Men embraces them. McKellen and Stewart are perfectly cast, and the remainder of the actors (with the exception of the seemingly-reluctant Berry) are all excellent. A super-hero film with real ambition and true talent can be very rare in Hollywood; X-Men is, alongside The Dark Knight and the first two Spider-Man films, one of the highlights in the modern exploration of the sub-genre.

Directed by Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil), X-Men is an unerringly smart comic-book adaptation. It plumbs its source material for real relevance and deeper meaning while still delivering all the biff-bam-pow action a comic book fan could want -- as well as serving as the launching pad that made Hugh Jackman a star with his work as the feral-but-stalwart Canadian mutant, Wolverine. Some of the dialogue is a bit laughable -- and Halle Berry, as the weather-controlling hero Storm, doesn't do much to help with that when she's on-screen -- but the effects are top-notch, the script is smart, and the tone of the film is pitch-perfect, giving us characters with unreal abilities at conflict in a very real world.

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