Parents' Guide to

Pollyanna

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Wonderful family film with excellent messages.

Movie NR 1960 134 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 8+

Traumatic Ending

Great film overall, but the ending shows a terrible fall from a tree that leaves Polyanna paralyzed. She’s shown lying unconscious on the cement and wakes up to realize she’s lost feeling from the waist down.
age 5+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (6 ):

This film is Disney at its finest, a lavish and gorgeous fantasy of an idyllic American past. With first-rate actors and sumptuous period detail, Pollyanna is a delight for the eyes as well as the spirit. Pollyanna is best remembered for "the glad game," in which the challenge is to find something to be glad about, no matter how bleak the situation. But what really makes her special is the way that she expects the best from everyone, and the transforming effect it has on each person she meets.

Many of the mistakes people make in this movie come from trying to protect themselves from hurt. Polly, hurt by her estrangement from Dr. Chilton, relies on her sense of duty. Mrs. Snow, worried about illness and dependence, tries to blame others and achieves some sense of control (and some attention) with her contrariness. Mr. Pendergast just avoids any contact at all. Pollyanna shows them how to make sure that fear of pain and loss do not prevent opportunities for joy.

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