Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

Movie review by Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Movie Poster

Common Sense says

age 11+

Masterful but intense animated version is dark and scary.

NR 2022 120 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 9+

Stunning! Marvelous!

( I am a film critic, so here is my view on GDT's Pinocchio) GTD's Pinocchio is a beautiful, intricate movie with a fascinating storyline. It is encapsulating to watch and gives the viewer a specialized sense of thrill that is extremely rare to find otherwise. It realistically depicts fascist Italy and seamlessly incorporates that into its theme. I have read many reviews across numerous websites and the one thing that seems to be recurring is its level of "violence". I completely understand how you find this a bit violent, but GTD said it himself, this movie is meant for adults, although children can watch it. Of course, it is no classical fairytale Disney movie, but that is the beauty of it! Italy and Italians need more representation, and this movie was an accurate depiction of that. Also, some people were complaining about the "frightening" guardian spirits that help Pinocchio in this movie. Yes, these spirits may be "frightening" for your 4-year-old, but know your child before watching the movie. I would also like to compliment this movie's animation. GTD's Pinocchio is COMPLETELY made in stop motion, one of the most difficult forms of animation out there. Pinocchio took over 600 days to make, and it is so amazing to the point where I do not consider it a movie - I consider it art. I especially enjoyed the attention to detail in this movie. The strands of hair, the action sequences, all of it were on point and exquisite. If I could rate this movie 10 stars I absolutely would. ( I have an 8-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son and they all enjoyed the movie!)
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age 12+

Too much violence for small children

I will be watching the rest of this movie by myself but I had to turn it off when watching it with my child. The beginning includes: Nazis, AntiChristian sentiment, bomb violence/war, alcoholism and the death of a child.

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