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Cast Away Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Here is a strong and simple story surrounded by needless complications, and flawed by a last act that first disappoints us and then ends on a note of forced whimsy.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Just be glad that Hanks and Zemeckis toiled mightily to pull off at least two-thirds of a remarkable achievement.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    An adventure movie of extraordinary simplicity and power.

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Hanks towers as a near naked, near biblical man. Zemeckis tells his story -- the screenplay is by William Broyles -- with a control magnificent in what isn't shown as much as in what is.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

Tom Hanks' powerful, brutal, and mature story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has brief strong language, a very scary plane crash, a dead body, and scenes of peril (some bloody). The deprivation and losses may be very upsetting to some kids and teens. Noland considers suicide, and speaks of attempting it, which some people may also find disturbing.

  • Families can talk about what is left when we strip away the conventions and conveniences of our society. How do we decide what our priorities are, and what our values are?
  • Compare this movie to other desert island sagas, from Lord of the Flies to The Admirable Crichton.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not applicable

What to watch for
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    Violence: Extremely scary plane crash, dead body, scenes of peril, some bloody, emotional.

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    Sex: Not applicable

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Practically a commercial for Fed Ex.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable