Black Beauty (2020)

Movie review by Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Peril, emotional intensity in adaptation of classic tale.

NR 2020 109 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 12 reviews

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age 10+

Incredibly sad from beginning to end

I watched this with my 8-year old daughter, having never read the book or seen the original movie. I had no idea just how sad a story this is. Beauty gets captured and loses her mother. Jo's parents die in a car crash. And it doesn't get better from there. From one tragedy to another, the entire film. Only watch this if you're prepared to bawl your eyes out, explain animal cruelty to your children, and be depressed the rest of the day.
age 9+

Lovely emotive family movie

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Great messages
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