Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Quirky, aged-up adventure has positive messages.

PG 2019 102 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 49 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 47 reviews

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age 7+


I was so scared during the opening scene that I dropped my popcorn! It's a great plot and there's not really any bad language. Apparently Dora wants to mate some people which is kind of weird. Other than that it's a great movie. Boots sounds like a Chainsmoker but he is so cute though.

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age 7+

Exploring=good, treasure hunting= bad

I appreciate so much the overarching theme that being an explorer is exciting and being a treasure hunter is problematic. That alone felt like an important palette cleanser for our 7yo with all the other media out there that doesn’t address that treasures belong to someone/ communities and should be respected and left alone. I also enjoyed how Dora modeled not losing herself to peer pressure, how she resists mean girl culture (and wins over the rival girl, who becomes a friend) and the incorporation of Spanish (of course) and Quechua. (There’s a great Latino USA podcast episode where the Dora actress speaks about learning Quechua from her abuela.) All that said, our 7yo is a super scaredy-cat and I was shocked she could handle this. It helped that I watched this movie on my own first and then would pause to let her know that they were about to be kidnapped and that everyone was gonna be ok, etc (and that in general, no one actually gets hurt or dies in the movie). And she was truly ok and never had to close her eyes. My partner and kid and I all really enjoyed this movie and laughed so much. This is a special one.

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Great messages
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