Parents' Guide to

The Portable Door

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Ambitious fantasy adaptation has language, moments of peril.

Movie NR 2023 116 minutes
The Portable Door movie poster: Five figures stand in front of a doorway to J.W. Wells & Co., the central figure emerging from a horizontal door with a magical realm emerging from beneath

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Based on a popular YA fantasy novel -- the first in a seven-part series by Tom Holt -- this fun but familiar movie finds its true magic in the impressive cast and stylish, beautifully-lit settings. While Gibson and Wilde hold the screen well, it's Waltz's maniacal Humphrey and Sam Neill's oddly gleeful right-hand man Dennis who steal the limelight throughout The Portable Door. The distinctive flair of the Jim Henson Company really brings the magical creatures to life, and the stuffy, off-kilter sets give a sense of a corporate Hogwarts, just as full of secrets and nonsensical rules. Some moments of humor land better than others, and the plot itself gets a little tied up in its own enthusiasm at times. But this is an enjoyable, well-produced family fantasy that will have a wide appeal, if not quite the spark worthy of a future franchise.

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