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By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

'80s robot-becomes-human story falls flat.

Movie PG 1985 99 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

Largely benign 80s kids flick

Totally dated from the 80s, this movie has less violence than today's (2019) primetime news. Got a good sort of Stranger Things vibe to it as well given that the kid is super mysterious and is taken in for government testing. There are some good family moments, but yeah it falls a bit flat for older, more sophisticated viewers. There's a 'shit', a 'son of a bitch' , but our 5yo doesn't repeat bad words in movies. He was exhilarated to see the car chase and the police cars crashing. He liked the kid, as it's easy to identify with D.A.R.Y.L. being a robot, and just wanting to be normal.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 11+

Great Kids SciFi Adventure Movie - but language

OK, there is an intense chase scene with a gunshot death at the beginning. The mischievous "Turtle" teases his teen aged sister repeatedly by calling her a "Hooker", but the running Joke is that DARYL doesn't know what a Hooker is. DARYL experiments with rebellion with a scene where he cusses at his foster dad. That's really it on the negatives. Very exciting - and the acting and character development is solid for an 80s pop movie. OK for a Mature 11 to immature 13.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

D.A.R.Y.L. is a movie with its heart in the right place that almost succeeds where it counts but never really delivers genuine emotion. The script is flat and relies on overly broad strokes that lack realism to lay out the story. It also leans heavily on cliché to get through the quieter, personal moments we know the veteran cast is capable of delivering when the material is there.

Big kids will get some laughs out of Daryl's relationship with best friend Turtle, who schools him in the ways of kid-dom, and they'll easily relate to Daryl thanks to Barret Oliver's surprisingly charming performance. But they may get restless as the plot drags on, especially in the third act, which takes too long to resolve without delivering much in the way of action or suspense.

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