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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    One would be hard-pressed to name another submarine movie that lingers so little in the memory two days after seeing it.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    When the submarine has to dive 400 meters beneath the surface to avoid detection, you can practically feel the water pressure crushing in on the sailors.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

A very tense and exciting war movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an exceptionally intense and scary movie. Many people are brutally killed, including characters that the audience comes to care about.

  • Families can talk about how we develop the foundation of values and experience to enable us to make those choices. They should also talk about the difference between fiction and reality. The setting and the references to historical incidents like the capture of the Enigma may lead people who watch this movie to believe that it was based on a true story. It is not. It is based on pieces of several stories, mostly involving British, not American, sailors and soldiers, and it is heavily fictionalized, at times bearing more relation to Star Wars than it does to history.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Nonstop tension, many characters killed.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Very mild.

  • language false2

    Language: A few strong words.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking, smoking.