Parents' Guide to

Fiddler on the Roof

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Epic musical story of Jews facing religious persecution.

Movie G 1971 186 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 9+

age 9+

Maybe a 3-star, boring and scary for kids at times

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (18 ):

It's the dichotomy of this film that makes it a daring, thought-provoking departure from traditional stage musicals. At the heart of Fiddler on the Roof is, of course, tradition; the title itself refers to the instability of life, against which tradition provides support. But this movie musical marks the ways in which such traditions are eroded, both for good (the viewer is presented with sympathetic portraits of Tevye's daughters and their unconventional choices of husbands), and decidedly bad (the pogrom that sweeps Anatevka's villagers from their homes is hauntingly realistic).

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