The Nightmare Before Christmas

Movie review by Liz Perle, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.

PG 1993 76 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 107 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 204 reviews

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age 13+

Not For Little Kids

I started watching this movie with my kids today, and immediately regretted it. I wish I would have read the comments on here before hand. This is absolutely not for children age 7 and up. The majority of the characters are dead, including a group of children. These same dead children later plan to kidnap Santa, and sing a song about boiling him alive and chopping him up and doing other torturous things to him. (I am labeling this as swearing for review purposes.) Lots of the characters pull off their limbs and eyeballs fall from their rotting heads. I remember watching this as a kid, but now that I have kids of my own, I cannot believe my parents allowed me to watch things like this.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
11 people found this helpful.
age 11+

Very dark, unpleasant to watch

My daughter insisted on watching this movie for months. I told her she can watch it when she is 8, and when she turned 8 she reminded me about this, so I let her watch it. I read some of the reviews saying that it was scary and had some questionable scenes, but I honestly thought they were exaggerating since I found few other movies that weren't rated so highly on this site quite pleasant to watch with my child. But this time the reviewers weren't exaggerating. Even my daughter said after watching it that it was scary and some scenes she really didn't like. Particularly, the scene where Boogie Man turns into a sack full of disgusting warms crawling everywhere was very disturbing to her (and to me). The first 5 minutes of the movie are pretty disturbing, and my daughter covered her eyes (without me prompting) when she was watching it. This movie uses very dark humor and has pretty dark, disturbing characters in it. As an adult, I think that the idea is very original, and there is some art to the movie and it's very unique. That being said, I would never, ever recommend it for children who are only 7 years old. I think this movie is more appropriate for kids over 10.
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