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

  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Noah is no by-the-book Bible story. Think of it as a visually mesmerizing sci-fi adventure saga loosely based on the book of Genesis.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    It is never less than fascinating — and sometimes dazzling — in its ambitions.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Noah can be silly or sublime, but it's never less than fascinating. I was on board from start to finish.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    This is a Noah for the 21st century, one of the most dazzling and unforgettable biblical epics ever put on film.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Darren Aronofsky wrestles one of scripture's most primal stories to the ground and extracts something vital and audacious, while also pushing some aggressive environmentalism, in Noah.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Dark biblical tale is brutal, violent, gory.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this epic tale from director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) takes on a character of biblical proportions, Noah. As befits the mayhem recounted in the bible, Noah is filled with catastrophe. The skies rain down from the heavens, drowning nearly everything, and humans are nearly feral as they battle each other for survival. There's no real swearing, just the word "damned," but plenty of brutality and gore: mountains of dead bodies are shown, sometimes close up, humans beat each other to death, sometimes with rocks, knives and spears.

  • Families can talk about the violence depicted in this movie. Is it necessary? What's the appeal of watching so much brutality? How else could this story have been told effectively?
  • Is this a religious movie? Who is the target audience for this film? How can you tell?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Faith guides you where you need to go, but as a human, you also have the power of choice. Man's connection to and responsibility toward the environment is also a theme.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Noah is a man of deep faith, so deep he's prepared to do anything that God requests. His wife Naameh is devoted to Noah and their family. But they're not depicted as perfect. In fact, they struggle with their humanity.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The violence is epic, bloody, and sometimes gory. Enemies club, stone, stab, or spear each other to death. A few scenes show mass graves, underwater and on dry land. Corpses are shown close up, some without limbs. A character threatens to kill babies. Humans resort to violence in a fight to stay alive. Lots of destruction shown from flooding, as well as fires and battles.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some passionate kissing. Allusions to needing to bed people of the opposite sex in order to procreate.

  • language false1

    Language: "Damned" is as salty as it gets.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A man drinks a brew that brings on visions. It's not clear what it is. Later he's shown what appears to be a substance that makes him drunk.