Parents' Guide to

Born in China

By Yvonne Condes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Nature docu has gorgeous vistas, moments of peril.

Movie G 2017 76 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 18+

seems like a sweet portrayal but gets into horrible detail

I'm so mad. The first part of the show was so cheery and at the end there is a terrible desperate scene involving mothers and death. I'm 52 and I can't handle it. Supposed to kid-friendly? Hah.

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Too much violence
age 3+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16):
Kids say (9):

This documentary is a visually stunning look at areas of China that most of us will never see. That includes the Qinghai Province on the northeast rim of the Tibetan plateau at 5,000 meters above sea level, where a snow leopard struggles to stay alive and feed her young. This stark, dangerous place is juxtaposed with the Wolong Nature Reserve in the Si Chuan province in Central China, where endangered giant pandas live. The dynamics of the animal families are played out for dramatic effect and will definitely tug at a few heartstrings, while keeping you enthralled by the animals' daily struggle.

Some of Krasinski's narration applies mild stereotypes to the animals' behavior -- including calling a panda a "helicopter mom" and a monkey a "kung fu master." But families interested in wildlife and animals will enjoy this fascinating look at what it takes to survive. That said, there's no mention of the devastating environmental impact that pollution has had in other parts of China, or anything at all about the country's relationship to the natural world. Still, taken as a glimpse of these particular areas of the country, Born in China will entertain the entire family.

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