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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Great adaptation for young kids and fans of the books.

Movie PG 1998 88 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

Use of the word Bl**dy

Watched this on Netflix, rated as a U. This is in no way, imo, a U. There are a few scary scenes including Madeline falling in the river and a face appearing suddenly at the window in the kitchen. At about 40 minutes into the film when the girls neighbours son can’t find the keys to his bike his father explains he doesn’t need his ‘Bl**dy keys’. The film is ok but didn’t get any further than the keys scene before switching it off so not sure if there’s more language after that. Should be rated a PG in my opinion if not higher, I wasn’t aware swearing was allowed on films rated U or even PG.
age 10+

Not like the book at all

The first few minutes is the actual Madeline book, but they changed it significantly. The 'good' thing they smile at is a couple kissing in a park, the 'bad' was to men fighting, the 'sad' was nothing at all. They scene in the hospital of the kids playing with toys was replaced with one girl calling Madeline a 'charity case' because she's apparently now an orphan. This made the scene with the kids crying & wanting their appendixes out make no sense. Instead of being brave, they show Madeline as being disobedient. Kids regularly get rewarded for misbehaving. Instead of having a sweet kids movie they had to turn it into an action/adventure with Madeline rescuing a boy and riding off with him on a motorcycle. It's not a good movie, and it's certainly not Madeline.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Young children, especially fans of the books, will enjoy the film. Newcomer Hetty Jones is a spunky Madeline, brave enough to say "Pooh Pooh" to a tiger, smart enough to know that if she asks Pepito to be extra quiet he will find some way to do something noisy, and determined enough to find a way to stop Lord Covington from selling the school his late wife loved so dearly.

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