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By Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Youthful folly and magic mix in wondrous Earthsea.

Movie NR 2005 172 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Romantic scene on a bed.

Romantic scene, not explicit. Half nude from the back then kissing and hugging on a bed. In the first minutes of the movie.
age 13+

Jungian Union

I think this fantasy about magicians has more depth than Harry Potter, at least the unique treatment of the final union of the boy magician with the/*his* Shadow figure is nothing less than a Jungian union with one's darker side, one in which Ged finally faces and confronts his Shadow, opens himself up to it, and becomes one with it, resulting in his finding his full power as a magician and whole person.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Many fantasy fans may find this tale quite engaging. The effects range from average to goofy, though it was nominated for an Emmy for best effects in a television miniseries, movie, or special. The Sci-Fi Channel aired EARTHSEA as a two-part original miniseries based on the fantasy novels by award-winning Ursula K. Le Guin.

Those fond of contemporary fantasy television shows such as Xena (1995) or Hercules (1997) may find similarities in aesthetic and dialog. In the style of those shows, one expects that Ged and his loyal friend Vetch (Chris Gauthier) could say "dude, that's a gnarly gebbeth" at any moment. Fans of sci-fi and/or fantasy will also be pleased to see some familiar faces such as Ashmore (X-Men [2000, 2003, 2006]), Roché (Odyssey 5 [2002]), Kristin Kreuk (Smallville [2001]), and Allesandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica [2003-miniseries, 2005-series]). Earthsea also includes performances by high profile actors Danny Glover and Isabella Rossellini.

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