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Parents' Guide to

Heidi (2005)

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Heartwarming remake of classic tale still powerfully moving.

Movie NR 2005 104 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

Heidi is a winner for the family

From a parent's perspective, the movie is clean and wholesome. It is a bit slow in parts. Our family composition is made up of a 5 year old and 7 year old. The 5 yr old got a bit bored in parts but stuck it out. The accents can be a bit trying a times, but overall its a decent story. There is nothing dirty in it that I recall that made us regret watching it. We are very very particular about what goes in our kids minds. Not much out there that we consider clean anymore. Its quite sad.
age 3+

Be kind to everyone human and animals alike...

I Loved the family based and loving nature between the Grandpa n Heidi, the moral compass was good and touched on things like to be nice to animals and other people, it touched on how jealousy forms and affects kids, some good teaching moments ..sometimes a little slow story but it was good 👍

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is a gentle and heartwarming adaptation of a classic story that has charmed readers and movie watchers for generations. Heidi (2005) will work its way into viewers' hearts just as she herself finds a way into most everyone's heart whom she meets. The true highlight of this version is the strong performances by most of the cast, especially headliners Max von Sydow as the grandfather and Diana Rigg as Clara's grandmother. Emma Bolger as Heidi is engaging and her performance is fine for someone so young, but at times there's no real spark and she seems like she's acting instead of actually being the character. There's some spectacular scenery, although not nearly enough of it, and some of it looks like stock footage or backdrops.

But the story is so endearing, and it holds up really well, so a few minor flaws are excusable. It's a nice choice for a family movie night; just have some tissues handy toward the end, and be prepared to help the littlest ones with some brief, mild scariness and sadness from parental loss and separation from loved ones.

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