Doctor Strange

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Mysticism, humor, and action surround unique Marvel hero.

PG-13 2016 115 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 38 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 167 reviews

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age 17+

Not a kids movie, too much blood and disturbing imagery

I expected the typical Marvel movie. Action, fantasy, humour...and magic But I have found too much gore and disturbing images. Doctor Strange is a surgeon, and in the beginning of the movie there are disturbing images on his daily job. There are sensitive people, even adults who panic at this when it comes to surgery images Then he has a car accident. And there are disturbing slow images, not the typical quickly scene of an accident. Then he is carried to hospital and more disturbing images. At last he is off his job and tries to get a heal to his injury. Then we go to the best part of the movie. The magic part. But when Mister Strange is stabbed we come back again and there appears more gore images and disturbing on the surgery. Then one of the main characters a bald woman is fatally injured with more disturbing and gore images in hospital I didn't expect this. It's more bearable gun shots and general fighting than disturbing images. All the fault to the director. There was no need of too much disturbing stuff on this movie
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age 12+

Mesmerizing and Trippy

This one stands out compared to all the other Marvel films out there. The way the movie visualizes Strange's powers and the powers of the SS is insane. The special effects are out of this world. So is the cast. They really couldn't have casted anyone better for Strange's character then Cumberbatch. Really. He is just that perfect! Although, I must say that this movie might be a little too intense and dark for younger viewers. But for older kids and adults, this is a surefire hit! Especially for Marvel fans!

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