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S. Jhoanna Robledo’s “Review: World’s End” Is Strictly Kid Stuff

In response to S. Jhoanna Robledo’s 587‑word review of The World's End on Common Sense Media 

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/the-worlds-end

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S. Jhoanna Robledo’s “Review: The World’s End” on Common Sense Media feels a bit like my mom giving me advice on what I should let my kids watch, even though she’s the one who took me to see The Exorist when I was only 14.

Robledo does a great job in recounting the plot in short order, but in her “Is it any good?” section, tells us the film is “very, very good,” without explaining why this is the case. Instead she tells us that the movie’s tone is discordant and veers toward maudlin, but other than that it’s very, very good. A bit contradictory to say the very least.

Robledo has appointed herself with the sacred duty to counsel parents on whether they should let their kids see this film. While she arguably accomplishes this goal, she ends up shirking the most basic duties of a self-professed critic. She doesn’t take her critical assessment of the movie far enough, which will leave her audience as unsatisfied as a hungry toddler in a candy store. Just because it zeros in on the kiddos doesn’t mean she can’t appease Mom and Dad’s intellect, as well.

Robledo needs to decide which is her primary role, film critic or parental advisory board. If this review is any indication, its an extremely difficult balancing act.  

Robledo deserves brownie points for the Family Talking Points, however. She provides a great tool to jumpstart dinner conversation. However, if you want a movie review with real meat, seek cinematic satisfaction elsewhere.    

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