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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Andy Seiler

    Missing are well-choreographed action scenes, likable characters and involving plot twists.

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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    When the film version isn't assaulting you with gizmos, it's an awkward, depersonalized piece of hackwork.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Comic-book adaptation has brains, brawn, and style.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie involves a great deal of comic-book violence executed with near-bloodless restraint but, at the same time, visceral efficiency. One character is a Holocaust survivor; there's much discussion about tolerance and hatred and prejudice, all in the film's fictional context of "mutants" with special abilities appearing in the human population -- and yet, this might provide a great conversation-starter for families.

  • Families can talk about the film's allegorical relationship to everything from Civil Rights to apartheid, as well as the film's metaphors for acceptance, tolerance, and understanding.
  • Families can also talk about how often, fantasy and science-fiction are ways to talk about tough real-world issues; does the acceptance of the unreal make it easier to discuss the real?
  • Families can also talk about the popularity of super-hero stories -- what need in the audience do they meet? Are they simple fun, or can they be considered seriously as part of what pop culture says about who we are?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The film's messages -- that peaceful co-existence is preferable to conflict, that tolerance is preferable to prejudice, that being different is not in any way bad -- are intrinsic to the film's plot and themes.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Not only are the heroic characters stalwart, strong and morally upright, but even the ostensible villains of the piece have a certain point to make; X-Men creator Stan Lee has often put forward that the dynamic between the leaders of the opposite sides of the X-Men mythos was inspired by Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, and that dynamic remains in the film.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Largely bloodless violence, some of which involves good old-fashioned fisticuffs and stabbing, some of which involves superhuman abilities like a control of magnetism or the weather, or shooting force-beams from one's eyes. Many of the characters have invulnerability or fast-healing abilities that make their injuries sustainable. A young girl is stabbed accidentally by razor-sharp claws, but her abilities enable her to heal from her wounds. Scary, intense medical imagery. A human being liquefies.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some kissing; a blue-skinned, scaled mutant shape-shifter is, essentially, walking about naked, albeit covered by scales and cartilage that make her slightly modest.

  • language false2

    Language: Light strong language, including "balls," "dick," "God," "damn," and "hell." A variation on the finger is given.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise. Some light product placement (Oakley Sunglasses, Mazda), but no mentions of brands.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A character smokes cigars -- and is admonished for doing so. Beer and hard liquor are drunk.