Parents' Guide to

Black Beauty

By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

A harrowing and Beauty-ful version of the book.

Movie G 1994 97 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 2+

May be good.

I have seen this movie and I hate it but it is good for some on looking for drama, a sad story, and for some one that loves horses.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

Too much for sensitive children

I remember this film above all others from my childhood, as soon as i watched it i wished i hadn't, i wasn't an overly sensitive child but i remember being distraught at the cruelty you see to the horses in this film. My daughter is 2 and although she absolutely adores horses (both on TV and in life) i definatly wont be investing in a copy of this for her for a while!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (13):

This film does an excellent job of capturing the tone and spirit of Anna Sewell's book. In telling the story from the horse's point of view, it stays faithful to its source and keeps the dignified leading character front and center. Legions of youngsters cherish the 1877 children's classic, with its natural and man-made disasters, its sadistic villains, and noble heroes. The book was an early animal rights story, and the movie follows in the same vein.

Kids will be wholly captivated by the movie, and Beauty's many close calls will keep them on the edge of their seat. There are delightful moments like the newborn foal struggling to stand and the raucous playfulness between Beauty and Ginger, as well as sad ones, like when young Joe had to give up Beauty, and cried when Ginger died. Black Beauty packs a punch and parents should be ready for children's emotional reactions. Since it's told in flashback, children know from the movie's opening that Beauty will turn out okay, but his many trials along the way make a significant impression.

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