Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Super-dog adventure is fun, age-appropriate for kids.

PG 2008 96 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 90 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 91 reviews

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age 8+

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Common Sense Media normally it's pretty conservative with recommended age range but this one is completely off. I read the negative reviews and I thought it would get better after it unfolded. I guess the movie is trying to go for a Truman show vibe but as another reviewer noted kids don't have that context. What they see is a dad get kidnapped by a really scary guy. A dog purposely subjected to serious anxiety because he thinks his young owner is in mortal peril. And a girl who has no agency because her "agent" not her mother has authority in doing what's best for her daughter. Seriously my son who loves Spiderverse and wasn't phased has been spontaneously crying, scared his dad won't come he from work, and wants all lights in the house on. I read the reviews and thought my kid would be able to handle it and was so so so wrong. So please parents before you think your kid can handle it watch a few minutes by yourself before subjecting your kids to the potential trauma. Please Common Sense Media please reconsider your recommendation for 5 years old on this movie.

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age 5+

A fun ride that exposes cliches

What a delightful film that lives up to the hype. The film has a great cast of supporting players, especially that hamster! He steals every scene he's in. Bolt is good (especially when he is sad and acting like a regular dog) but it is the cat that ultimately steals the show and shows us how be a friend and how to live within the confines of reality. A wonderful film that exposes what is fake, what is real and what we are willing to believe in. A combination of The Truman Show, the Good Feathers from Animaniacs and a whole lot of sentimental cliches. The only part that was disappointing was the ending...surviving that fire...really? But the tone, the jokes, and the general gestalt of the film is a fun ride.

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