Parents' Guide to

All the Light We Cannot See

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Flawed, violent adaptation has cursing, drinking, smoking.

TV Netflix Drama 2023
All the Light We Cannot See TV show poster: San Malo on fire behind Marie-Laure on beach.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Review of profanity is not accurate.

Just FYI, Despite the official review saying that there is little language, the F word is used within the first five minutes of the episode one.
age 18+

Don't believe the stuffy professional movie reviewers!

Not sure why the professional movie critics didn't like it. Their reviews did not make sense, as though they didn't watch the entire series. All aspects of the series were top-class, from the direction, production values, script, acting, sets, action sequences, and even the supplemental cg. It was well-paced, engrossing, and highly above the typical movie-churning quality of streaming-based projects. We need many more series like this. Start with a good novel, and produce the highest quality interpretation you can make. The only minor issue was that the Nazi officers were cartoonish in their characterization.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

The disappointing adaptation of Anthony Doerr's award-winning novel offers an awkwardly paced narrative that lacks the heart and depth of the original story. While it has some cinematic flair, fans of the book may feel that the overall series offers more style than substance due to some key plot changes and the often trite dialogue, which was written by Peaky Blinders' Steven Knight. Some may also find parts of this four-part series confusing, thanks to flashbacks that are informative but create a disjointed storytelling process.

Its inability to deliver well-developed characters and its reliance on common World War II tropes lead to the most egregious failure of All the Light We Cannot See: It glosses over the difficult moral questions Doerr raises in his work, including the lengths to which an active Nazi soldier can be simultaneously good and evil. Nonetheless, the overall production effectively manages to underscore the futility of war, and to those who haven't read the book, it offers a mildly entertaining historical drama.

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