Parents' Guide to

Golden Winter

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Cute puppy movie with iffy premise, behavior.

Movie NR 2012 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

There is some bad language.

For example, idiot, mutt, are used. But I seen worse dog films. I think this is ok for 6 year olds,

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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By cover alone, GOLDEN WINTER seems like a movie for very young kids. A litter of adorable, fluffy golden retrievers palling around and galloping about make for some cute action for dog-lovers. But the premise -- abandoned pets in a deserted house, then separated from their mother, and a gang of middle schoolers happy to break the law if it means turning a buck -- puts this film into older kid territory. There's also some minor peril and mild bullying, and a lot of manipulating a good kid into doing bad things because he's lonely and his parents don't pay attention to him. (It's also worth mentioning that the CGI of the talking dogs is hilariously amateurish.)

Kids who love dogs and puppies in particular may be entertained by the lovable stars, but parents may want to do some explaining about abandoned pets (both the seriousness and how to approach them if they should come across any), and the prevalence of risky illegal behavior here.

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