actor: Kirsten Dunst

The Animated Adventures of Tom Sawyer

August 1, 2017

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This animated version of Mark Twain's classic tale about Tom Sawyer and his friend Huckleberry Finn features many musical numbers and colorful characters. The story is filled with the boy's imagination of being Robin Hood and a pirate—plus Tom's love for the lovely Becky. It's important to [...]

Hidden Figures

January 6, 2017

Dove Approved for All Ages

Hidden Figures was originally not awarded the Dove Family Seal of Approval because the character played by Kevin Costner utters the name of Jesus one time in vain. I understand that such a curse is a breach of an important commandment and I bristle a bit inside when I hear people do it throughout [...]

Spider-Man 3

May 4, 2007

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Spider-Man 2" has been called the greatest comic book movie ever made by many film critics and comic book aficionados. "Spider-Man 3" strongly makes a case to take that title. The film is virtually a non-stop ride into great action sequences, character development, and humor; plus, the film [...]

Marie Antoinette

October 20, 2006
This film has been criticized for having more style than substance. Although there is some truth to the statement, at the same time there are at least some issues of substance in the film, including Marie Antoinette's patience in waiting for her apparently-bi-sexual husband to make love to her so [...]


October 14, 2005
If you like relationship movies with thoughtful and witty dialog, this movie is for you. Writer and Director Cameron Crowe has once again given us deeply lovable and well-developed characters. By the end of the film, I felt as though I knew these people and would miss them after leaving the [...]

Spider-Man 2

July 3, 2004

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Spider-Man 2" has been called the best super hero movie ever made. Roger Ebert said that and many film critics and reviewers, including myself, agree. This film has it all-a terrific story, stellar performances from the cast, great special effects and music and a few surprises along the way. [...]

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

March 20, 2004
This is a comedy with underlying sadness and misery throughout. No character has joy or hope in this story about real, relational choices — whether to accept the reality of flawed relationships or to reject reality and live in utter discontent. The commendable themes, however, are accompanied [...]


September 17, 2004
Against her father’s (Sam Neill) wishes, Lizzie spends extended time with Peter. Although sexual content of this film is limited, premarital sex is glorified as Lizzie and Peter reject her father’s moral counsel and choose to sleep together, having known each other for only a week. Lizzie [...]


May 3, 2002
Although the scene is often filled with fighting, most of the violence is neither graphic nor gory. However, a few moments in the climatic battle may be more graphic than necessary as Spiderman takes a brutal beating. There are two uses of "Jesus" as an exclamation, and several mild obscenities and [...]


June 29, 2001
THE GOOD: This is a unique teen romance in that it deals with serious themes about self-destructive behavior, racial and cultural differences, academic dreams and “first love” sexual experiences. Dunst gives an Oscar worthy performance as the anguished, indifferent senior who desperately wants [...]