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Parents' Guide to

Lilo and Stitch

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Cute story, great characters, fabulous soundtrack.

Movie PG 2002 85 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 55 parent reviews

age 8+

Not for young kids

My thoughts and opinions run parallel to the other negative reviews on here. Too violent, too sad, too scary. By the last third of the movie my 5 year old was hiding her eyes wailing she didn't want to watch it any more. We ended up watching the last half hour in fast forward, where the final 10 minutes were (the ONLY) cheerful part of the movie. It's very ironic to me that disney has convinced so many people that it's movies are for children. I cant think of a single one that doesn't involve death and monsters. I wish there was a happy medium between saccharine "Winnie the pooh" and frothing beasts and crying orphans. It's tough to find movies for 5 year olds. Oh, and as an added bonus my child is afraid of aliens now, where 2 hours ago she wasn't.
age 2+


I love this movie n so does my one year old and my baby boy it Is NOT SCARY AT ALL SO ALL THOS PPL SAYING ITS SCARY OR UNSET THERE KIDS 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 GROW UP OR UR KIDS R GOIN TO B WIMPS

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (55 ):
Kids say (72 ):

A cute story, endearing characters, a sensational soundtrack of Elvis classics, and glorious hand-painted animation make this Disney film a winner. At its heart, Lilo & Stitch is just an old-fashioned story of a child and a pet. But this isn't the usual movie child, and it's definitely not the usual pet. The Hawaiian location and gorgeous visuals give it a fresh feeling. And instead of the usual waifish Disney heroine who's waiting to be saved, there's Nani, Lilo's older sister, who's struggling to grow up quickly so that she can care for Lilo the way her parents did.

Lilo is irresistibly adorable, and her relationship with her sister is a believable mixture of affection, resentment, and connection. Both are deeply affected by the loss of their parents, and their behavior and how they treat the people around them reflects the trauma and grief they're enduring. Ving Rhames adds just the right note of wry authority to his role as Cobra Bubbles, the social worker with a surprising past, and Jason Scott Lee is fine as Nani's friend who would like to be more.

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