Barbie in the Pink Shoes

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Barbie in the Pink Shoes Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 5+

Barbie teaches kids about classic ballets; some romance.

NR 2013 75 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 6 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Mistake

Yuck! I had to stop it in the middle of the movie because the cattiness and inappropriateness for my 4 year old. I dont even know if id let her watch it when shes 8. Not good role models and the boys fighting over the girl even talked about the girls age. So inappropriate!
age 6+

Barbie is still a poor role model for young girls

My 5 year old begged me to rent this for her, since she loves both ballet and the color pink. I regretted it for a couple of reasons. I checked "language" because of the taunting, sarcastic tone used by Kristen's peers - something my daughter has not been exposed to yet (she was in preschool at the time). We did use it as an opportunity to talk about speaking to each other respectfully and kindly. Still, I wasn't ready to expose her to the high school mean girls! My other issue with Barbie is that, underneath a shallow "follow your dreams" moral, there seems to be an underlying message that, if you are graceful and pretty, everything will work out for you in the end. Barbie (or in this case, Kristen) still disappoints with her unattainable body type and lack of genuine depth.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • Center Stage Poster Image

    Center Stage

    Melodramatic, a bit racy -- some teens will love.

    age 14+
  • The Red Shoes Poster Image

    The Red Shoes

    Bittersweet but enthralling ballet drama.

    age 10+
  • Singin' in the Rain Poster Image

    Singin' in the Rain

    Often considered the finest musical of all time.

    age 6+
  • Step Up Poster Image

    Step Up

    Clichéd dance movie with some fun moves.

    age 13+
  • West Side Story Poster Image

    West Side Story

    Musical masterpiece tackles race, with some violence.

    age 11+

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon magic wand on orange background
    Magic and Fantasy
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of ballet slippers and paint brush
    Arts and Dance
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate