Parents' Guide to

Iron Will

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Coming-of-age tale has some violence, deaths.

Movie PG 1994 109 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Exciting and clean

Great for kids, great for parents too.
age 8+

Do watch it with the kids to begin with our 5yo found the father dying quite hard to take but took to the rest of the movie well, our 8yo didn't like the dog fight and was upset about it - asked questions about why someone would put their own anima,l that they loved, in danger to hurt another ... a very 'american dream' type film though!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (7 ):

The performances in this film are uniformly excellent. Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is a snappy, sarcastic presence as the veteran reporter who sees Will as his ticket to fame and fortune. Mackenzie Astin has a sweet but never sappy earnestness as Will. Supporting characters, from the grizzled competitors to the wealthy financiers (including David Ogden Stiers), who sponsor the race, fill out the cast nicely. The sled dogs are beautiful, and the stunts are wildly exciting and well staged.

Like many Disney releases, Iron Will contains moments that may disturb sensitive viewers. Will's father's death, and the idea that an adult would taunt and threaten a kid, are difficult concepts. Parents are urged to view this film along with their kids. One 8-year-old boy felt the film was "sad, but really exciting," and loved the animals. Although there are scary moments and the road is a little rough, Will's journey is well worth taking.

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