Parents' Guide to

Barbie the Pearl Princess

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Rapunzel-like Barbie tale stresses fashion and appearance.

Movie NR 2014 74 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+

Waste of time. Would rather watch something decent.

This movie is a complete bore! Basically just a 90 minute Barbie ad. Shallow plot with even worse messages. Barbie just pretends to be a mermaid and tells kids about pink sparkly dolphins and tiaras. Her friends are pretty dumb and don't play a part in the "storyline " what so ever, and of course this isn't a Barbie movie without some weird rainbow puppies. My daughter leaned over and whispered " Can't Barbie do anything else but shop? " I think that Barbie can be used as a tool to teach girls confidence and imagination, but certainly not like this. PLEASE do not watch. It's really bad...
age 2+

This movie made me want to bash my head into the wall!

If you are ready for a full 90 minutes of stereotypical nonsense, then this movie is for you! It is basically about this dumb barbie flopping around and talking about fashion!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This will mostl likely please little girls who love Barbie. But while this Barbie release has elements of various tried-and-true themes -- the secret princess who has no idea about her royal origins, the magical mermaid with a fish best friend, the offbeat hairdresser everyone loves -- the story never really comes together and is less compelling, entertaining, or educational than comparable productions such as Barbie Mariposa & the Fairy Princess, Barbie: A Perfect Christmas, and Barbie in the Pink Shoes.

Kids (particularly girls) may enjoy the relationship between Lumina and her best pal, the seahorse Kuda, as well as the light romance in the final third of the movie. But overall Pearl Princess isn't one of the more memorable Barbie installments, despite all the similarities to Rapunzel and other movies. Still, if you have a Barbie fan in the family, they may be excited to meet yet another incarnation of the doll and getting a new tale.

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