Movie review by Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Magic-filled fantasy adventure with a few battle scenes.

PG 1988 126 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 12+

Quite a scary opening

A bit of a warning - in the opening scene, the evil queen is trying to kill a newborn girl (because of a prophecy), so she throws all pregnant women to the dungeons and checks every newborn girl for a magic mark. Once the girl is born, the midwife saves her and runs away with her tucked in laundry. The queen then kills the mother (given order - "kill her" followed by a scream) and sends the hounds after the midwife. The midwife manages to hide the girl, but then she's mauled by the hounds (which are actually a cross of wild boar and wolf) - you can see them jumping at her, biting her and then, from the distance, eating her body. We had to stop at this point as my 9yo was shaking and crying. That's the first few minutes of the movie - I know it gets much lighter after that, too bad we didn't get there.

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Too much violence
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age 14+

Confusing and disturbing

Not PG at all, very disturbing. A two headed monster is beheaded on one side and shot with arrows several times. Though there is no blood, I still would not show this to children under thirteen. A man grabs the 'breast' of a man dressed as a woman and asks "want to breed?" in front of his own wife - he does not get permission, and also will not take 'no' for an answer. A woman is mauled by wolves but we don't see that. Very confusing. There are trolls that look gross and die grossly.

This title has:

Too much violence
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