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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Mad-scientist comedy with dark humor, cartoon violence.

Movie PG 2008 93 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 12+

Beware for young kids

The common sense rating for this is WAY off. The sexy stuff in this movie is grossly understated in their review. Hiking legs, making out, mention of shaving legs for an evening together, explicitly talking about "this isn't even as sexy as I get," etc. SO off. Also, I understand the violence is mostly mister on Monster, but it's not slapstick, it's kiddie gruesome. It's faces blown off, electrocuted main characters, etc. It's also not really redeemed, the "positive ending" is like 2 minutes. The other thing important to note, is that a movie about persecuted minorities (Igors) or class social structure is good, but only so much as it explores the topic fully. This movie uses it as a poor premise without any real teaching, it's just "we all thought this was ok," but no talk of why or what society did to make it better in the 2 minute happy ending or anything. Not teaching, not positive, just an hour and a half of violence and sexy stuff between the main characters without any redeeming value. Also honestly just does a terrible job trying to emulate Tim Burton. Do not watch.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
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age 6+


I loved this movie so much as a kid. People complain about the violence and scariness but its about the same level as other movies like Corpse Bride. The animation isn’t even that bad either, unlike another reviewer said this ISN’T a Disney movie. It was done by a smaller studio in France and I can think of FAR uglier movies from 2008. It’s a cute story and it has a happy ending even with the bits of morbid humor. Igor is a kind and intelligent soul who deals with a lot of peer pressure and feels a need to be recognized. In the end he goes with being a better person thanks to Eva, a kind hearted “monster” he creates who is in reality a lovely pacifist women who wishes to be an actress. It’s very sweet and people hate on this movie far too much. Also Steve Buscemi is in it. 10/10

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (16 ):

IGOR borrows its animation style from Tim Burton and its story from Young Frankenstein, but even with such classic inspiration, it's only OK. At least the voice actors are top-notch -- the supporting cast includes Steve Buscemi as the voice of Igor's suicidal-but-invincible rabbit creation Scamper; Sean Hayes as Brain, a dim-witted brain in a jar; and Eddie Izzard as the hilariously named celebrity scientist Dr. Schadenfreude.

Kids will certainly be entertained, especially by the antics of the two sidekicks responsible for most of the laughs. The story is so simple that even very young kids will be able to follow along, and Eva is surprisingly touching as she practices "Tomorrow" and dresses up like Gloria Swanson. Igor -- like many other recent animated movies -- may fall short of the Pixar standard for greatness, but it's good enough for most little monsters who can handle the dark humor.

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