Parents' Guide to

Barbie: Video Game Hero

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Barbie's a smart coder in gentle video game adventure.

Movie NR 2017 72 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Superior movie

This is still really good when I watch it again!

This title has:

Great messages
age 18+

Great movie

The movie is really great, I love the characters, the theme, the story, the levels, the animation, songs, etc. I never knew what that kind of world looked like, thanks Original Axelito!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (6):

It's refreshing to see Barbie emerge as a smart girl: a coder who thinks things through, uses creative solutions, and encourages teamwork to save the day. Barbie: Video Game Hero should encourage kids, especially girls, to explore the world of coding and programming.

Each of the three levels in the video game is fun and colorful in a unique way. Each one also introduces new characters, each with their own contributions to make. And it builds suspense and excitement as the virus takes over more and more. The main concerns are what's left out of the movie about online safety and when it's OK to click on a yes button. And characters wearing safety equipment for roller-skating or skateboarding would make that much better role models. But messages about teamwork and problem-solving are strong. It's a fun adventure Barbie fans are sure to enjoy.

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