Jaws

Movie review by Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

'70s classic horror tale is still scary as ever.

PG 2000 125 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 88 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 429 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 10+

GREAT movie!

i was around 7 years old when i watched this (keep in mind this was my first horror/thriller movie) and it is not too violent, a good movie for younger horror fans and a really amazing movie. I did cry and freak out when quint get eaten since it is the most graphic part, but its really not all that bad. BTW i know it says im a parent of an 11 year old but im an 11 year old.
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age 16+

Skip the first scene and you are probably OK.

This is a very scary movie especially if you pick up on the subtle lines that get thrown around. It gets pretty gruesome, but mostly in a campy blood and guts sort of way. There are two exceptions. A ship captain is killed toward the end and it is very prolonged and disturbing. The second is the opening scene which is a solid R by any reasonable standard. Let's ignore the drugs and the dated treatment of drinking. Let's also ignore the total frontal nudity in this PG movie. The real problem is the psychosexual undertones in the shark POV cuts. We are treated to a literally faceless, naked, vulnerable woman from the perspective of a monster who is thinking "I'd like to attack and eat that." Skinny dipping is easy to explain away, as is hooligans smoking weed. But when your kid thinks that the girl getting attacked was scary but kind of felt weird, good luck with that.
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