Barbie: A Fairy Secret

Movie review by Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Shopping and cattiness dominate weak Barbie effort.

NR 2011 90 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 2+

Barbie: A fairy tale

I love this film! My little cousins love it as well, even a 4 yr old little boy. It teaches children that friendships are ups and downs, and that you need to be aware of how your actions impact others. Alot of people have said it is super catty and superficial but the film illustrates these characteristics as ugly and not good. It also promotes girl power in rescuing Ken. Raquel, the typical mean girl, shows that even if someone is mean and a bully, you can turn a new leaf. It illustrates envy and jealousy as ugly characteristics, and that forgiveness is so important. really great story and animations!

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age 7+

Good but there are better Barbie movies

I like the message about forgiveness between the 2 girls, and how sometimes we just misunderstand each other, and don't let the misunderstanding get too out of hand. I'm not always crazy about the boyfriend/girlfriend themes in some of the Barbie movies because I don't want my daughter to get wrapped up in that at 7. But I'm very impressed with most of the Barbie movies, it's hard to not like them. Not as good as some others, but still cute.

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