Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Tamer than live-action, but still moody, violent.

PG 2008 74 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 26 reviews

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age 9+
Best Batman film ever. Very broody. Some Blood.
age 11+

OP's a bit harsh, but I'm not disagreeing on the family friendliness aspect

If you're a Batman fan that maybe wants to get their kids into the franchise (don't read too deep into that I know we're all anti-consumerist around here LOL) I'd consider this a "transitional" movie like if they're too old for the more the "kiddie" stuff like Brave and the Bold ,but still too young for the Nolan trilogy. I personally consider this possibly the best Batman movie (animated or otherwise), but this made during a different time when PG was still considered a point that was too edgy for a G-rating ,but not edgy enough enough for an R-rating as some of the violence could be seen as very scary for some kids such as the scene where they discover a mobster that the Joker got his hands on. Albeit granted the other categories a bit milder in comparison (and in the case of smoking it shows the consequences of it), although admittedly whether this movie is suitable for your kids might also depend on your child's tolerance towards "the kissing parts" to quote the Princess Bride. Worth noting is that home media releases (sadly not on HBO Max though) contain an optional censored version, although this review is strictly of the uncut version.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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