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Crimson Tide

  • Rated R

action & adventure

A stellar cast including Academy Award(R) winner Denzel Washington (2001 Best Actor, TRAINING DAY), Gene Hackman (1971 Academy Award(R) Winner, Best Actor, THE FRENCH CONNECTION; ENEMY OF THE STATE), Viggo Mortensen (THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy)

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
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5 out of 5

War Games in the water; older teens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that characters use profanity and make a few derogatory comments toward women and girls. The suspense in the film may make it too frightening for more sensitive viewers. Some of the younger characters die, occasionally graphically, and many characters carry guns. One character holds a gun to the head of two different men during a standoff. The film deals with war and violence.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about current events. Parents may want to use the film as an opportunity to talk about the political unrest in Chechnya, Russia. They may also want to discuss how nuclear war against a country is different from fighting terrorism. How does the DVD make you feel about your country? Do the depictions of war correspond to stories from friends and family in the military? How do you express your sentiments about war? Do you respectfully disagree or try to intimidate and bully?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A riveting, high-testosterone nail-biter.

- Chuck O'Leary,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: An uncommonly intelligent actioner...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Wednesday, January 7, 2009


- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Good cast and all round good film but Tony Scott's usual cheese creeps in a little too much

- SirPant, Tuesday, September 29, 2009

3 stars

Tension under sea with an interesting plot where you're not sure who's good or bad, right or wrong. Deals more with respect of the chain of command during extraordinary circumstances. Good cast, Washington vs. Hackman, good directing. Why do submarine movies always have something Red related in the title? Crimson Tide, Hunt for the Red October, K-19 The "Red" Widowmaker. Very Very interesting.

- Chiefilms, Monday, September 28, 2009

4 stars

Nuclear submarines make for a good thriller...

- RossCollinsUK, Friday, April 10, 2009