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Beethoven's Christmas Adventure

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Holiday canine hijinks, plus a few serious scenes.

Movie PG 2011 90 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+


Another Christmas movie aimed at kids which very much starts out saying Santa isn’t real etc.
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age 8+

Dogs, death and there is no Santa

The movie is fine but some of the themes come out of no where. Early in the movie the ever-present “there is no Santa Claus” narrative smack younger kids in the face. That’s immediately followed a theme present in all too many Disney movies, the death of a parent (I know this isn’t a Disney movie). The resolution is predictable and everyone walks away happier and wiser for the experience.
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Is It Any Good?

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

BEETHOVEN'S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE is bright, colorful, with a simply told story, engaging animal heroes, very silly comic villains, and plenty of slapstick action. For the first time, Beethoven talks (in the voice of Tom Arnold). And, just past the onslaught of branded toys and games, the film has a heart.

It takes a look at the healing nature of humans bonding with pets, and the value of adopting homeless animals, specifically from the ASPCA. It's not a classic, but most kids (and even some grownups) will laugh a bit and enjoy the happy endings.

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