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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Super-dog adventure is fun, age-appropriate for kids.

Movie PG 2008 96 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 6+

Based on 90 parent reviews

age 8+

What is wrong with this reviewer?

Common Sense Media normally it's pretty conservative with recommended age range but this one is completely off. I read the negative reviews and I thought it would get better after it unfolded. I guess the movie is trying to go for a Truman show vibe but as another reviewer noted kids don't have that context. What they see is a dad get kidnapped by a really scary guy. A dog purposely subjected to serious anxiety because he thinks his young owner is in mortal peril. And a girl who has no agency because her "agent" not her mother has authority in doing what's best for her daughter. Seriously my son who loves Spiderverse and wasn't phased has been spontaneously crying, scared his dad won't come he from work, and wants all lights in the house on. I read the reviews and thought my kid would be able to handle it and was so so so wrong. So please parents before you think your kid can handle it watch a few minutes by yourself before subjecting your kids to the potential trauma. Please Common Sense Media please reconsider your recommendation for 5 years old on this movie.

This title has:

Too much violence
3 people found this helpful.
age 9+

Traumatic, Scary!!!!

My mature 4.5 year old watched this (and my 2 year old as well). I told my husband PG is never good for them. But he didn’t listen because good sense media had it listed on the top 10 best movies for kids. WTF. Please don’t let your young kids watch this. It’s pretty much a horror film for that age.

This title has:

Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (90 ):
Kids say (90 ):

Travolta is surprisingly evocative as a dog with a brave exterior but sensitive spirit. It's also refreshing to hear Cyrus as something other than her self-promoting persona or her alter ego, Hannah Montana. The pair have a touching on-screen chemistry, as do Travolta and Essman, who's best known as Jeff Garlin's shrewish wife Susie on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Toning down the edge in her New York accent, Essman's Mittens may remind viewers of a more assertive Jessie from Toy Story 2.

With John Lasseter installed as chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation, Pixar's influence is noticeable in Bolt, and that's a good thing. It's not a Pixar film, but the revolutionary studio's meticulous attention to detail and dialogue are evident. There aren't too many wink-wink double entendres or inside pop-culture jokes -- just a simple story about a super dog who comes to terms with being super to the only person who counts.

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