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A Ring of Endless Light

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Environmental teen drama has positive themes and dolphins.

Movie NR 2002 88 minutes
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Loosely based on the much-loved novel by Madeleine L'Engle, this made-for-TV Disney movie from 2002 was not well received by fans of the book -- but don't let that put you off. A Ring of Endless Light stands up just fine as a warm-hearted kid-friendly drama that -- in a nod to the original story -- addresses notions of life and death. Hardened cynics might struggle with the "communicating with dolphins" plot line. But what could have been corny or fantastical is treated as a scientific possibility, and somehow feels just about plausible.

The idyllic summertime scenery and cast of passionate, intelligent teenage characters makes for a satisfying, enjoyable set-up -- somewhat reminiscent of 1990s/2000s TV hit Dawson's Creek. Add to the mix a gorgeous family of dolphins in peril and a wise old grandfather (tenderly played by Whitmore) and the result is good wholesome entertainment for the whole family.

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