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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Common Sense Media says

Compelling classic nature story with some animal violence.
 

Users say

(out of 5 reviews)
age 7+
 
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Kid, 11 years old September 22, 2011
age 11+
 

A Truly Magical movie

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent of a 6 and 10 year old Written bynorthlight April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Classic yet a movie of its time

The opening scene is a bit startling: women washing clothes in the river with a lion lurking; consequences are deadly. This scene was more upsetting than the elephant stampede noted in the Commonsense review. Other issues: For a woman living in Africa close to nature, Joy's hair is always perfect and she is a woman of her time: persistent maybe, but not at all equal to the men. Men ultimately make all the decisions. Other items date the movie and one should be prepared to discuss for example, why the White Europeans live in modern houses, and are in positions of authority while the Black Africans are in the background-literally. The story moves along quickly-almost too choppy at times. Nevertheless, it is a movie with depth and one can focus children on the complex issues regarding the lions: safety of the zoo versus dangers in the wild with freedom.
Educator Written byshashabel9 June 25, 2011
age 3+
 

PAWDORABLE

I LOVE THE LIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! age 2 off. ages 3-4 iffy. ages 5, 6, 7, 8,9, 10,11, 12, 13, 14, 15,16, 17, and 18 on.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 6 and 9 year old Written byMandM mama December 30, 2010
age 7+
 
My six year old says, "I liked the part with the warthog smashing the lion and the lion not doing anything about it."
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 7 and 10 year old Written bykellystp September 2, 2010
age 8+
 

Compelling old-school movie with lots of atmosphere

Movies aren't as full of long shots and languid as this any more -- especially movies for kids. But it is a compelling story and a picture of life in the 70s. Might be too intense for kids who are sensitive that way. It's even fun to discuss the cinematic style with kids. And the song is so fun to sing!