Parents' Guide to

Dolphin Reef

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Entertaining, educational nature docu has some peril.

Movie G 2020 75 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 3+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 3+


I was floored by the narration in this documentary. It was original and kept kids engaged with very little lecturing on specific details about the species. Highly recommended for kids 3-10.

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Great messages
age 5+

An excellent documentary for young children.

As long as your child knows that animals eat other animals, this is a perfect documentary for 5 year olds; otherwise, I agree with the recommended age of 6+. It begins with footage of dolphins surfing as well as playing with a shell like children play with toys. It’s very informative and easy to understand how the lives of dolphins are similar to those of humans. My son loved every minute.

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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (6):

Outside of two key scenes of suspense, this is a remarkably soothing film. Chalk that up to the gentle narration of actress Natalie Portman, or to the sweet mother-calf pairs at the story's heart. Or maybe it's the calming blues of the ocean world complemented by the vivid colors of the coral reef and its inhabitants.

The main gist of the narration is the delicate balance of this underwater world, and captivating footage takes us right up close to witness creatures deep inside the sea and flying high above it for a bird's-eye view of the water's surface. If you've ever wondered how a film like Dolphin Reef gets made, stay for a short series of behind-the-scenes pictures and videos that accompany the closing credits.

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