Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Glorious musical based on Dickens' Oliver Twist.

G 1968 153 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 17 reviews

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age 12+

WARNING . Extreme Violence

Beware. The G rating is totally incongruous with the content of this movie. I've just put a completely traumatized 6 year old to bed after being completely blindsided by the violence depicted in the closing scenes of this Oscar winning family classic. Shame on me for not glancing at the parent reviews on Common Sense before making this selection. Initially, the narrative of poverty, workhouses, and the criminal underworld of children depicted in Dickensian London were juxtaposed against a phenomenally punchy musical score. My children (6&10) were relishing the dancing and song, even with my frequent interjection about the period and social injustice depicted. I explained that the story was written as a harsh social commentary, not a musical, over a hundred years ago. I thought I had a handle on the story, but my God, how the tone and narrative unravel in the most harrowing way in the last 20 minutes! .The brutal murder of the innocent, protective heroine Nancy, was sickening. I did not quite have time to shield my child from the brutality onscreen. My youngest is not able to wrap words around his experience, but admitted being " surprised, and scared, and sad that that man got so mad and hurt Nancy" ( with a crowbar folks, for returning a child to safety. We see the death rattle shutter through her legs. Horrific.). DO NOT allow your young child to watch the final sequence. You will find it hard to forgive yourself. Shame the Census Board for the G rating, but especially Common Sense Media for a deceptive review which mentions nothing of the violence inherent in this film. Sickening....

This title has:

Too much violence
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age 13+

This movie is NOT good for 8-year-olds, contrary to this Common Sense Media reviewer's opinion

While the musical numbers and many of the scenes are enjoyable, as others have mentioned, the beating and the dead person hanging make this movie only appropriate for older kids. This was on during a party we attended, and thankfully my 9-year-old daughter missed the scene with the beating, but she caught the dead person hanging, and was pretty disturbed.

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Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

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