An American Girl: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Young dancer learns lessons in sweet live-action movie.

G 2014 100 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 5+

Terrible Movie!

This movie was a snoozefest. A home movie could be better than this. The Girl of the Year's only problem was that she couldn't do a pirouette. If you watch this movie (which if you choose to do, please rent it or watch on Netflix), please be prepared for 80 minutes of whining and 10 minutes of pure cheesy stuff. You will never get the time you spent with this movie back!
age 5+

Great movie but a bit confusing.

This movie is great but it was slightly confusing for my 9 year old due to the fact Isabelle in the movie is supposed to be 9 and was played by a then 15 year old, with full on breasts. Just know this this topic may come up.

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