Parents' Guide to

Anne of Green Gables

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Faithful, sensitive take on classic novel is great for kids.

Movie NR 1986 199 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 7+

Where to purchase online

After a google search, I just purchased it for $13.99 at https://www.anneofgreengables.com/ . The drop-down menu on this webpage indicates you can't purchase it at the mainstream streaming services at the date of this review.
age 9+

Your Family Will Find a Kindred Spirit in Anne

Anne of Green Gables is, without question, one of the most beautiful movies ever made. Anne Shirley is a well-rounded, dynamic character who grows and matures throughout the movie, yet never loses her endearing mix of cleverness, whimsy, and independence. Matthew and Marilla provide the first real family Anne has ever known, and are good at it, too. Other characters, like Diana and Gilbert, will quickly find a place in your heart. The gorgeous scenery of Prince Edward Island will have you yearning for a Canadian getaway. Cautions are mild and are more jump-off points for family discussion than cautions. These include: Anne's temper, Rachel Lynde's tendency to gossip and judge, and Marilla's semi-frequent referral to Anne as a "heathen," as well as treating her as such. Some scary scenes include Matthew's death and the serious illness of a toddler. Also, for length's sake, wait until your kids are a bit older. Otherwise, Anne, red hair and all, is a gem.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (25 ):

This movie is gorgeous to look at and brimming with simple truths about love, friendship, and family. The book has been adapted several times, but this version of Anne of Green Gables stands out as the one young viewers will remember. Beautifully adapted and dramatized, this evocation of turn-of-the-century Canada is peopled with finely drawn characters whose personal stories captivate viewers. "Bosom friend" Diana Barry is played earnestly by Schuyler Grant, and Jonathan Crombie is a fan favorite as Anne's tormentor-turned-friend Gilbert Blythe. Follows herself is a delightful Anne, lit by an inner fire, hilariously outspoken, and strong-willed.

Dewhurst and Farnsworth embody the proud and isolated sister and brother who come to love Anne. Farnsworth, in particular, gives a subtle, poignant performance -- the scene in which Matthew first meets Anne is priceless. His silent reactions as she chatters incessantly tell more about the man than any speech could. Anne serves as a strong role model, and her story is told with humor and a refreshing lack of sentimentality. (Her story continues in Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel.)

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