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The Incredibles Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 5.0
    90

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Dazzlingly beautiful, funny, and meaningful.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Pixar again hitches top-notch storytelling to the very best in CG animation.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A work of huge, if unobtrusive, ambition -- a vision of modern life, appropriate for sophisticated adults as well as for kids, that is both satirical and, of all things, inspirational. It's a great film about the possibility of greatness.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    One of the year's most clever and visually arresting computer-animated films, enlivened by a well-developed and credible cast of characters who just happen to be superheroes.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Top-notch, action-packed fun for the entire family.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated Pixar film is considered one of their all-time best for portraying mature themes about families in a way that both kids and adults can enjoy. Because of the movie's focus on a superhero family, there's much more violence than is usually featured in comparable PG-rated movies. The family adventure includes all sorts of weapons, explosions, deaths, wide-spread destruction and more. A few characters are shown with drinks in hand, and one character even smokes a long-stemmed cigarette. Despite the intensity of the Bond-level violence, there are plenty of positive themes about family, courage, and identity to make this a must-see for families.

  • Families can talk about what superpowers they would most like to have and why. What would your uniform look like? Why did Violet begin to wear her hair back after she used her superpowers, and what made Syndrome so angry?
  • Talk about the violence in the movie. Did it bother you? Did you notice yourself feeling more aggressive after watching? Would the movie have been as effective without the violence?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true2

    Educational value: Kids will learn the value of people's different skills, and how a family can work together to make a difference, fight injustice, and overcome obstacles.

  • message true3

    Messages: Self-identity, marital malaise, family dynamics, responsibility to help others, teen angst -- these issues are all explored through each of the characters. The biggest theme is that families that stay together and allow their talents to shine are the strongest.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl show their children that what's most important is for families to stick together, no matter what is threatening them. Despite their differences of opinion, the Incredibles band together to save each other and their town.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: There are many, many scenes of intense and sustained, but not bloody, violence. A host of weapons, from handguns to explosives to lasers, are used in various battles between villains and superheroes. Bullets whiz by, cars explode, buildings collapse. Skeletons of killed superheroes are shown, and references are made to superheroes who've died various ways. Mr. Incredible believes his family has been killed in a jetplane explosion, and the family comes near death many, many times. Hand-to-hand fights are also portrayed, and characters punch and push each other. Overall, the body count and general violence is much higher than in most comparable animated adventures.

  • sex false2

    Sexy stuff: Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, who are married, kiss several times, flirt with each other (before they're married), pinch each other on the bum, and act passionately in love. Elastigirl assumes Mr. Incredible is committing adultery, but he isn't. Teenagers have a crush on each other. Mirage wears revealing outfits that highlight her dramatic cleavage. Elastigirl has a knock-out hourglass figure in her skintight costume. Syndrome makes a racy comment: "You married Elastigirl and got busy?"

  • language false1

    Language: Not much of a concern, except for a few exclamations of "Oh my God!", "What the...", and "Jeez."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters have (or are offered) wine, champagne and a mimosa. Edna smokes an old-fashioned, long-stemmed cigarette.

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