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Parents' Guide to

Back to the Secret Garden

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Charming magical realism sequel set in 1940s England.

Movie G 2002 100 minutes
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age 8+

Don't bother - watch the original "Secret Garden" instead

This is one of those "cooked-up" sequels that has no relationship to the classic book or movie. The original characters are all grown up (with one deceased) and only have a passing involvement with the story, which is very flat. The new main character is a girl from Brooklyn - why do that, when it takes place in the UK, other than to appeal to Americans? The only appeal is the few scenes showing animals leading the child to the garden.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

BACK TO THE SECRET GARDEN is a charming mix of magical realism and mystery set in 1946 Yorkshire, England. The characters are very much of their time -- prim, proper, yet inclined to mischief -- and fully drawn and developed. The acting -- from the largest to the smallest roles -- is excellent. The story is engaging, and stands among the best of English children's stories.

Even if you haven't seen the 1993 film The Secret Garden (of which this is a sequel), Back to the Secret Garden stands on its own. Parents and kids alike will find much to enjoy in this film.

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