Earwig and the Witch

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Book-based CGI fantasy has scares, lacks spark.

PG 2021 82 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 13+

Disturbing

The blue hair witch actually physically hits the little girl on her head in one scene, and roughly grabs and shake her shoulder in another... Verbally and emotionally abusive... The mandrake is beyond terrifying, hes the stuff of nightmares... Not appropriate for kids... very disturbing No learning outcomes whatsoever... Now i have to deal with the consequences of watching it with my kids... so much regret here... not studio ghibli material.. i feel like i got scamed

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Too much violence
Too much swearing
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age 10+

Actually made an account to review this

I just watched this, and actually made a commonsensemeida account to review this movie. I have never in my life watched a movie that made less sense than this one. I get that it's been switched from its original Japanese to English, but that shouldn't affect the plot, if there had been one. The voice cast and animation were bearable, I guess, but I literally finished the movie and almost said aloud, "What on earth did I just watch???!" If I wanted to tell you the story line, I couldn't find the words - there is literally, but actually, no plot whatsoever. It's quite astounding, to be honest. I have no idea who is the villain and who isn't. Is the protagonist supposed to be good? Or an annoying brat? Is the witch supposed to be evil? Then why does Earwig have a picture of her on her mirror along with the people she loves? Does she like the witch? Hate her? Who really knows? Definitely not me, or anybody who still has a couple of brain cells to rub together. Please, if you have watched this and can find some semblance of a coherent plot, I beg you to let me know.
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