Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
Belle Movie Poster

Common Sense says

age 10+

Vivid anime has humor and heart and deals with big themes.

PG 2022 121 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 14 reviews

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age 13+

Slow, plot holes, inappropriate for young kids.

Themes not appropriate for younger audiences, including on-screen child abuse, age-inappropriate romantic relationships, and serious psychological trauma due to a parent's death. Also, it's incredibly slow. Long, motionless pauses throughout stretch into 2 hours what could have easily fit under 90 min, and would have been a better movie for the editing. One of my kids actually left before the end, because she "just wasn't interested." So many weak plot points, besides. The Beast is being hunted because he won too many competition fights IN AN ONLINE GAME? Huh. Not seeing the problem, but if it is then why don't the admins just ban him, since IT'S AN ONLINE GAME? And why does Bell so desperately want to know another player's RL info IN AN ONLINE GAME (long before she knows about his abuse)? My kids' first internet safety rule is to never tell anyone their real name or where they live, so that makes Bell an online stalker in our book. Nice animation and songs, but really disappointing otherwise.
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age 10+

Great positive messages for tweens

Great movie with positive messages about being yourself and standing up for others. Great songs as well. There are some intense scenes with kids cowering from their abusive dad (no actual violence shown) and some more intense scenes of fighting that might not be appropriate for younger ages and a swearing a few times, but overall a great movie with good messages.

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Great messages
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1 person found this helpful.

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