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By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Stepsisters learn to unite in animated tale; mild threat.

Movie NR 2020 81 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+


Was not 100% terrible so there is that. But could not get over how selfish her dad was and self centered seemed to completely ignore his daughter and her wants and needs, for his own wants and new family terrible perant. (Hard not dislike him.)
age 16+

Not appropriate for young or sensative children

There is a line ' if she was my sister I would kill myself' not something I wanted my children to hear. Bullying, manipulating behaviour throughout. Was really disappointed.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (3):

This is a steady, thoughtful children's movie that keeps its focus tight and stakes low in order to get across its message of acceptance. With just a handful of human characters and a core group of fantastical "dreambuilders," co-directors Kim Hagen Jensen and Tonni Zinck keep us firmly in the shoes of young Minna, voiced with authenticity by Dempsey. Pixar's Inside Out opened the door for portraying internal fantasy worlds and Dreambuilders carries the torch, with Minna's dreams revealing her subconscious fear of losing her father when her step-family moves into the family home she shares with her dad and hamster.

There are some genuine fun moments -- particularly in the whimsical dream world -- but Dreambuilders is more a family drama than wacky animation. As such, there's a slight melancholic air that runs throughout, which is notable in its absence when the characters have learned their lessons. The stepsister rivalry is excellently played out, too, with Jenkins' Jenny perfectly embodying the secretly hurt, social-media-obsessed young teen in competition with Minna. Both the real world and dream world are beautifully animated too. Smart, tight and thoughtful, this is an effective, but not preachy, look at the effects of trauma and how to overcome it.

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