Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

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

age 12+

Visually impressive but dark Wizarding World adventure.

PG-13 2022 142 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 18 reviews

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age 12+

Fine, but beware of graphic animal cruelty

I'm normally extremely laissez-faire about these sorts of things, but even I would've appreciated some content warnings. There are 2 fairly graphic animal cruelty scenes in the first half of the movie - one right at the very beginning, and one further in. The former involves a creature that has just given birth be killed using magic, dying slowly with flies gathering around its body, and having its baby be taken. The latter scene involves the baby's throat being slit using a knife. Multiple subsequent scenes then show blood and the baby's dead body, and the body being enchanted like a puppet which may come across as defiling the corpse to some. I found these scenes to be distressing as I wasn't prepared for them, and children especially may find them very upsetting. The movie is also thematically much darker than the others. I wouldn't consider it inappropriate for younger children, but they may struggle to understand it, as most plotlines are convoluted and confusing even for adults, and much of the plot centres around political drama. The VFX and performance by the actors are excellent, but it didn't quite make up for the disappointing storyline (which admittedly was much better in my opinion than the second FB movie). There are no issues with language, sex, drug use etc.

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Too much violence
14 people found this helpful.
age 13+

The best of the Fantastic movies so far explores Dumbledore with dazzling effects

Much better than the first two movies, almost capturing the magic of the Harry Potter franchise including more magical effects, and exploring characters more like Dumbledore and Grindewald which is something I have wanted to see forever. Mads Mikkelsen and Jude Laws's performance was absolutely incredible which is one of the main reasons this film shines. Now it is darker and more intense than most of the Harry Potter films, with a more grown-up and mature approach to the Harry Potter world. That said, it includes more intense action and violence with a PG-13 rating which is the main reason I give it a 13, even though a mature 11 or 12-year-old could probably handle it fine if they're used to these sorts of movies. Language isn't really a problem here along with sex or drinking/drugs/smoking. Overall I thought this film was a fun and magical ride returning to the Harry Potter universe!

This title has:

Great messages
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Too much violence
5 people found this helpful.

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