Parents' Guide to

The Old Man

By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Gripping thriller has great performances, gritty violence.

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Excellent spy thriller

Some quite violent fight scenes, but well crafted, if you know what I mean? So far no sex scenes or nudity to offend.(episode 3). Intriguing view into political actions on the ground, behind the news soundbites. Things are not always as they seem. Strong female characters, and some interesting twists. Could stretch it to say the main character is a positive depiction of aging ( if a little on the murderous side! 😊). Great acting from some top actors.
age 15+

Smart Writing and Strong Characters

This is one of the best new shows I have seen in awhile. The writing and acting were very strong and the story unfolds with twists and turns all the way through. It is about an old CIA opperation that has resurfaced after 30 years. There is a lot of fighting violence and shooting that often results in death but not too much gore. There are a handful of F*** and Sh** in each episode.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Packed with spy-versus-spy thrills, bone-crushing action, and deliberate, but heart-pounding pacing, the series weaves a tight, compelling tale that'll continuously nudge you to the edge of your seat. Thanks to popular film franchises, like Taken and John Wick, the concept of older, outnumbered action heroes doling out vigilante justice has become an enormously popular sub-genre. The Old Man smartly builds on this reliable template, but also trades the more straightforward revenge tale formula for a more cerebral story of cat-and-mouse.

The solid storytelling is also significantly elevated by Bridges, whose nuanced performance makes you feel every single one of his 70-plus years with each facial grimace, emotional dialog delivery, and labored step he takes. Witnessing the actor's past-his-prime ex-CIA operative hold his own in incredibly raw, visceral physical altercations with adversaries half his age is worth the price of admission alone. Toss in stellar performances across the board -- not to mention a pair of loyal, butt-kicking canines -- and The Old Man easily delivers one of the summer's best reasons to stay in and stream.

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