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Sky High Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    62

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    The flick is best in its bittier moments (watch for the stellar cameos), and there's nothing to trouble the tots.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Sky High gets Kurt Russell back to his retro Disney roots, and he's still in good enough shape at age 54 to wear a supernatural hunk's cape.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Sky High doesn't aim for the highbrow and doesn't employ lowbrow toilet humor. Instead, it hits the exact middle -- a bull's-eye worthy of a superhero.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A likable mix of laughs and wacky action sequences.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    From a pure entertainment perspective, it is arguably the most enjoyable motion picture of the season. Sky High is funny, smart, energetic, subversive, and has a few substantive things to say.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Cartoony high school superhero drama; OK for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film includes several scenes of knock-down, spectacular (but cartoonish) violence, where kids with superpowers slam each other into walls and through windows, or zap one another with freeze rays and fireballs. One particular kid is sulky, others are anxious, and several are bullies, dunking one child's head in a toilet, throwing someone's cap in the mud, tripping, harassing, and beating up smaller kids. At the beginning of the film, superparents save the city, while a TV announcers says, "Evil has struck our morning commute," which some sensitive viewers might want to discuss, in relation to the recent London underground attacks. There is some mild profanity.

  • Families can talk about the relationship between Will and his parents. Worried that he'll disappoint them, he deceives them concerning his lack of superpowers; once he gets these powers, the father deceives the mother about his punishment of the son for "nearly destroying" the school cafeteria.
  • How do Will's lies to his parents and friends lead to confusion andregret?
  • How does the film challenge the hero/sidekick dichotomy butreaffirm the hero/villain dichotomy?
  • How does Will learn to appreciateloyalty over popularity?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Deceits, fights, dirty tricks, and a supervillain's plot to destroy the school.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Will is a good guy, born to amazing parents. Through the course of the film, he learns an important lesson about what's really important.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Lots of cartoony action; three major fights involving fireballs, slamming into walls and windows.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: High school students kiss chastely; women heroes wear form-fitting costumes.

  • language false0

    Language: Very mild ("butt" and "sucks").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Band posters on bedroom wall.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One boy lights a cigarette and is told to put it out; at a party, high school kids dance and drink (unknown beverages).

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