Box art for Jack the Giant Slayer

  Jack the Giant Slayer

action & adventure, children & family, drama


An age-old war is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    52%
  • Audience Score
    56%

common sense

ON for kids age 11
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Fantasy violence eased by humor in tween-friendly adventure.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jack and the Giant Slayer is a big-budget adaptation of the classic English fairy tale. It's full of swashbuckling action, computer-generated fantasy violence, and considerable collateral damage. The violence is the result of the vengeful giants holding an (understandable) grudge against the humans. People die from being eaten (the giants tear people apart to eat them) or burned, plunging to their deaths, getting crushed, and other catastrophes. There are also sword fights, and a well-liked character meets a particularly gruesome end. There's mild romance between Jack and Princess Isabelle (they flirt and share a couple of sweet, chaste kisses) and a little bit of language ("hell," "bastared," etc.). In classic fairy tale tradition, the hero is brave and selfless, and the heroine -- while definitely up for adventure -- finds herself in need of saving on more than one occasion.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Jack the Giant Slayer compares to other versions of the tale. Were you surprised at how it compares to the Jack and the Beanstalk tale you remember?
  • There's a lot of fantasy violence in the movie. Do you think the movie would have been more appropriate for younger kids if fewer people had been shown dead/dying/killed? What purpose, if any, does the violence serve?
  • Why is the idea of a peasant falling in love with a royal so compelling? Was the romance in this story believable? What did Jack and Isabelle have in common, despite the difference in their status?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: There's more to this Jack and the Beanstalk adaptation than Fee-fi-fo-fum.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rotten: It feels like a film made by a committee, for a demographic rather than an audience. It's a tale full of sound and fury (and flying bodies) signifying nothing.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fresh: It's fast, rousing, and blessedly brief - under two hours instead of, say, nine in three bladder-straining installments.

- David Edelstein, Vulture, Monday, March 4, 2013

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A runaway princess, a poor farm boy and giants feature in this retelling of Jack and the beanstalk. Jack gets into trouble when a monk swops his horse for some magic beans. Good cast and special effects.

- thmtsang, Wednesday, March 27, 2013

4 stars

A runaway princess, a poor farm boy and giants feature in this retelling of Jack and the beanstalk. Jack gets into trouble when a monk swops his horse for some magic beans. Good cast and special effects.

- thmtsang, Wednesday, March 27, 2013

2 stars

Did anyone involved in making this film think to themselves ''Hang on, hasn't this been done many times before?''

- fb100001050230219, Wednesday, March 20, 2013