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A Wrinkle in Time (2004)

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

TV movie version of classic tale; some scares, bullying.

Movie NR 2004 138 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 6+

Thought provoking adaptation

I had never heard of the 2003 version of A Wrinkle in Time until I saw the most recent version. I didn't dislike the new version but I watched the 2003 version last night and liked it better. It portrayed Meg Murray as being more like I imagined her to be and followed the book more. It was also much more thoughtful than the most recent version. The only flaw was that the authorities on Camazotz seemed more Nazi like and dressed more Nazi like than I recall the book describing them as being. Otherwise, I liked it a lot. The book in the series that I actually liked the most was A Wind in the Door followed by Many Waters - would be curious to know if there is a movie version of either of those?

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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age 9+

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in time is adapted from Madeleine L'Engle's novel, Ava DuVernay’s film is a lovely and good-hearted movie that has very important messages of family, embracing individuality, being true to yourself and appreciating those who love you. This movie is not just for children as it applies to the importance of love, family and a bond between father and daughter. As a daughter if your father went missing would your love for him guide you to search for him? As a father, if you went missing would you wonder if your baby girl or any family would miss you and come look for you. I would urge any dad with a daughter or any daughter to go see the beautiful message in this Film. This is a beautiful family film..
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (15 ):

This film adaptation might come as a disappointment to fans of the book as it rubs the wrong way in several crucial spots. A main issue is that it doesn't do an adequate job of portraying the evil of IT. Instead of being menacing, IT is a campy mass of snake-like tissue, never fully revealed. The Darkness is also never fully explained, and the resolution of the struggle is so quick that if you get up to fetch a tissue, you will miss it entirely. Sadly, the ending just doesn't move or satisfy, and the transformations of the characters, so powerful in the book, remain superficial in this version. Still, you have to admire the guts of whoever tries to squeeze this beloved children's book into two hours. It's gamely performed by the kids, but the adult roles are sadly cartoonish and two-dimensional despite the presence of the marvelous Kate Nelligan and Alfre Woodard.

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