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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Review

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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 0

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    George Lucas is turning into the enemy of fun.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    Clone Wars will appeal only to the most tolerant, galactically minded children and their parents.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Don't expect the seventh Star Wars film here. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is more like a long Saturday morning cartoon.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    The largely uninspired Clone Wars feels landlocked. In the absence of any extensive innovation, the video game-ready results play more like a feature-length promo for the imminent TV series of the same name than a stand-alone event.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

CGI Star Wars saga is dull, despite action.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CGI film is much tamer than the most recent live-action Star Wars movies, but it's still full of non-stop animated action, including weapon use (lightsabers, blasters, etc.) and several urban warfare sequences. The sci-fi settings, computer animation, and bloodless battles somewhat lessen the overall effect, but the level of intensity is high and constant. The plot also involves an alien infant being kidnapped; even though he won't look as cute or vulnerable to audiences as a human baby (he's basically a giant tadpole), younger children may worry about a child -- no matter what their shape or species -- in peril.

  • Families can talk about different kinds of movie violence. Does the fact this film is animated make its depiction of war and combat more acceptable to viewers? Does the sci-fi angle make the consequences of the fights and conflicts seem less realistic? Families can also discuss how this film compares to the original 1970s live-action saga that many parents grew up with, as well as the more recent trilogy. Why do you think George Lucas decided to make another Star Wars movie?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Some discussion of "the privilege of teaching." The kidnapping of a crime lord's son figures prominently in the plot. Several references to "gangsters" and "scum." Another character is referred to as an "assassin." An alien infant is exposed to some peril. Some burp-and-belch humor.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Constant -- albeit bloodless -- animated science-fiction action, including lightsaber duels and small-arms and artillery fire of energy beams. Much of the violence is perpetrated against robots, but some isn't, including several soldiers in high-tech armor taking fire and falling in battle, with phrases like "Get a medic"" and "Man down!" used to imply the severity of the circumstances. A solider in battle armor is shot through the heart with an energy beam. Some hand-to-hand fighting. Spaceships, clearly staffed by human characters, explode.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Alien dancing girls perform in tight clothing; some longing glances.

  • language false1

    Language: Minimal use of "damn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: In an outer-space nightclub, several non-humans drink what are presumably intoxicants; a huge, slug-like alien smokes from a hookah.