Movie Ratings, Family Movie Reviews & More!



Latest Home Video

Mar 31, 2015

MPAA Rating:


Run Time:



Alfonso Cuarón


Sandra Bullock

George Clooney

Basher Savage

Eric Michels


2013 Warner Brothers Pictures

Official Website >>

Still shot from the movie: Gravity.

Read Review

Reviewed by

Overall A-
Run Time90

Making the Grades

Gravity is as close to space as most of us will ever get. And frankly after watching what happens, all I can say is thank goodness for that. This is one thrill ride that gives audiences new awe for space—and the dangers that lurk there.

Sandra Bullock plays medical engineer Ryan Stone in a role that puts her on a trajectory for another Oscar. George Clooney takes on the role of astronaut Matt Kokwalski, a man with swagger and a hint of sexism. They, along with Shariff (another crew member played by Paul Sharma), are outside the shuttle making repairs when the ship is bombarded with space debris from a detonated satellite. The metal shards rip the ship apart instantly killing the payload crew inside and blasting a hole through Shariff’s helmet and face. The rubble knocks loose the space arm Ryan is attached to and sends her careening through space. The storm of wreckage also collides with transmission satellites around the globe, causing telecommunication blackouts down on Earth and leaving the astronauts flying blind.

While the 3D images of the assailing space junk will leave the audience flinching, Bullock’s hyperventilation will also make them want to gasp for breath. The director’s use of breathing becomes one of the best elements in the entire film for depicting the severity of the ordeal. By contrast, Clooney’s character controls his respiration, taking what seems to be an overly relaxed attitude toward their predicament. He proves he knows how to keep his head in the middle of a crisis.

This is a survival story—a kind of Cast Away in space. However, in orbit oxygen is an exhaustible commodity. Temperatures fluctuate wildly. Rescue missions are hard to mount on a moment’s notice. And though Ryan is a person who craves silence, the lack of sound in space becomes too much even for her. It’s that sense of isolation and aloneness that adds to the tension of the story.

With outstanding cinematography, sound editing and special effects (including prolonged shots of weightlessness), Gravity is a technically strong production. Still, it takes more than technical elements to make a riveting storyline. Carrying the weight of the film on her shoulders, Bullock doesn’t have the option of relying on interactions with a lot of other characters. Fortunately she mans the ship well on her own. Yet the intensity of the story’s action (along with numerous profanities) makes this space voyage a better choice for older teens and adults than young aspiring space travelers.

Despite the gravity of the situation, perseverance, personal sacrifice and ingenuity keep these survivors grounded in their efforts to get home—an odyssey that encounters impossible odds. Even with payloads of action, moments of humor and an edge-of-your-seat plot, Gravity may still be nothing more than a good, old-fashioned popcorn flick. But at least it’s a really, really good one.


Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Gravity.

Several satellites are destroyed knocking out telecommunications on Earth as well as with the scientist. How much space debris orbits our earth? What are the dangers of growing amounts of garbage in space? What could result from the destruction of communication and security satellites?

How does isolation contribute to the tension in this movie?

Learn more about medical experiments in space.

For information on what is really happening in space, check NASA’s site at

Trailers & Clips

Canadian Movie Ratings

PG Scene of Accident Trauma, Coarse Language.
AB PG Coarse Language.
MB PG Frightening Scene,s Language May Offend, Mature Theme.
ON PG Mature Theme, Language May Offend.

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

Watch @ Home

Details on home video releases of Gravity...

Home Video Notes: Gravity: Diamond Luxe Edition
Release Date: 31 March 2015
Gravity releases in a Diamond Luxe Edition to home video (Blu-ray/Digital Copy). This re-packaging of the movie offers: - three new special features (including a “Silent Space Version” of the film enabling fans to experience the movie “without music for a surprising cinematic experiment.”)

Home Video Notes: Gravity
Release Date: 25 February 2014
Gravity releases to home video (Blur-ray/DVD/UltraViolet or Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet) with the following extras:
- Collision Point: The Race to Clean Up Space (Narrated by Ed Harris)
- Aningaaq: A short film by Jonás Cuarón with optional introduction
- Gravity Mission Control
- Shot Breakdowns
- Gravity: Silent Space Version
- Sandra’s Surprise!

Add Your Comments

Commenting is restricted to members only.
Please log in below or, if you're not yet a member, please register.

Forgot password? | register

Please note: So we can maintain a website with content appropriate for all ages, we moderate all comments and will edit profanities, slanderous remarks and other inappropriate language. For these reasons, your comments will not appear immediately.

There are currently no comments on this review. Be sure to add yours with the form below.

You May Be Interested...

Also On The Web