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  • 30

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    I feel for the marketing person charged with devising a tagline for Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, a fantasy whose turgid pretensions defy the very notion of marketing.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Overflows with pretensions and absurdity.

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  • 40

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    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    Jackman does everything required of him, and his range is quite admirable, while Weisz, who has nothing to prove, does looking gorgeous very nicely.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    I'm as touched and charmed by its failures as I am transfixed, at times, by its successful inventiveness and audacity.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Epic sci-fi romance explores faith and love.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cryptic, complicated sci-fi epic probably won't be on most kids' must-see lists. The tricky plot unfolds simultaneously in the 16th, 21st, and 26th centuries and is sometimes slow to reveal itself, so younger viewers might get bored. There are some bloody killings (with spears, guns, and swords) and a brief sequence showing torture during the Spanish Inquisition. The science fiction scenes are sometimes abstract (a spaceship shaped like a sphere), while the present-day laboratory scenes show surgery on a monkey's brain. A bathtub sex scene is passionate and moving, though not explicit. Some strong language.

  • Families can talk about the idea of eternal life. What would it be like to live forever? How do different religions offer different versions of eternal life, either "after death" or in some other form? Do you think that the similarities between different religious beliefs could ever help communities and individuals work together, rather than lead to competition and war? How does Tommy seek to redeem himself as he tries to save Izzie? What makes this film a science fiction movie?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Thematic focus on human arrogance in science, religion, and war; characters argue, regret it, and vow improved behavior.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: The movie opens with a dark jungle battle scene, initiating a repeated assault scene (bloody death by spear); painful self-tatooing; surgery on a monkey's brain (open skull shown); bloody wounds on a back; Inquistor tortures "heretics" (flagellation, hang victims by their feet); stain on a map suggests blood; a brain tumor causes seizure; upsetting death scene in hospital; emotional scenes with tree (cutting the tree, tree crashing to ground).

  • sex false3

    Sex: The film's primary sex scene occurs in bathtub (naked woman, clothed man, camera pulls out as they embrace passionately); the queen offers herself to Tomas ("I shall be your Eve").

  • language false3

    Language: One "f--k," plus mild other language ("s--t," "old fart").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue