• PTC Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

    by  • May 1, 2015 • Movies • 0 Comments

    Avengers 2 Age of UltronThe latest film in the Marvel super-hero franchise is an exciting action blockbuster, but contains violence and language  inappropriate for younger children.

    Avengers 2: Age of Ultron

    Review by Christopher Gildemeister

    Release Date: May 4, 2015

    MPAA rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments.

    Starring: Robert Downey, Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, voice of James Spader

    Recommended age: 16+

    Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Red


      Mild innuendo


      Death, war, blood, explosions, gun- and fistfights, intense fantasy violence


    s-word, “bitch,” “bastard,” “dick,” “a**hole,” “g**dam,” “ass,” “damn,” “hell”

    Tony Stark has a plan. As Iron Man, the billionaire inventor is a member of the superhero team the Avengers, who are dedicated to fighting crime and terrorist threats. Stark’s plans are far grander: he wants to create a device to protect the entire world, both from invaders from without and from global threats. But Stark succeeds too well, creating a form of artificial intelligence in an indestructible robot body that wants to make the world “safe”…by cleansing it of humanity. This evil entity, Ultron, recruits two metahuman orphans – the super-fast Quicksilver and the psychic Scarlet Witch – to help him in his plans; and ultimately, the only thing that stands between Ultron and global destruction are the Avengers.

    As is typical of superhero movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron contains huge amounts of fantasy violence, with ray-guns zapping, whole cities devastated by super-powered characters and killer robots, and lots of combat between the Avengers and various human and super-human foes. There are also a few more graphic and intimate moments of violence; one super-heroic character is machine-gunned and dies, while others suffer various forms of psychological trauma.

    The film’s language is particularly objectionable. Literally the first word heard in the film is “s**t;” and unlike the comics on which they are based, the film’s characters are not reticent in throwing around other profanities. There is even a running gag in which the other heroes tease the 1940s-era Captain America for NOT using foul language.

    Avengers: Age of Ultron is a thrilling blockbuster comic-book action picture, which also contains some surprisingly sensitive and touching moments of character development. As such, it will appeal to fantasy fans of all ages; but parents should be aware that some of the film’s content is not appropriate for younger viewers. The PTC does not recommends this film for viewers under age 16.




    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

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