Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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age 6+

Classic Shirley Temple film promotes positivity.

NR 1937 88 minutes

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Based on 4 reviews

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age 8+

Too scary and not true to the book

Even in 1937, Hollywood couldn't resist the urge to sensationalize an otherwise endearing story. In this movie version, Heidi is kidnapped twice, her grandfather runs frantically through the city streets looking for her, her grandfather is jailed, and the aunt tries to sell her to the gypsies (presumably for the sex trade). None of this happens in the book! Our 5 year old daughter was very upset and couldn't watch the parts where Heidi was kidnapped.
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age 11+

Too intense for young ones

PG: emotional intensity and mild violence

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