Want personalized picks that fit your family?

Set preferences to see our top age-appropriate picks for your kids.

Get age-based picks


Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Igor Movie Poster Image
Mad-scientist comedy is fine for younger kids.
  • PG
  • 2008
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie's message is that just because people think you're a monster doesn't mean you to have meet their low expectations -- and that we can all choose to rise above and be good.

Violence & Scariness

Monsters wreak havoc, mostly against other monsters. The rest of the world is threatened by a yearly onslaught of monsters. An immortal suicidal rabbit seriously injures himself, knowing he can't die. An evil scientist is crushed, and another one dies in an explosion.

Sexy Stuff

A buxom woman flirts with evil scientists; two characters fall in love.


Mild insults: "idiot," "stupid," "failure," etc.


References to Inside the Actors Studio and Annie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like most animated films, ads for this movie have been targeting the 5-and-up set on television. You don't have to worry about any age-inappropriate language, sexuality, or commercialism, but there are a few episodes of mild peril and cartoonish violence: Evil scientists' monstrous creations fight each other and at one point lose control and threaten the inhabitants of Malaria (the kingdom where the movie takes place). The musical Annie is featured prominently, so don't be surprised if kids want to see it afterward.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant and 3 year old Written byMomOf2Girls February 21, 2009


This movie was absoutly horrible. It IS NOT suitable for children period. We rented this movie last night and turned it off. I am very dissapointed. Some of the... Continue reading
Adult Written byluksan January 25, 2009


I was so disgusted with this movie. Luckily I had told my son we would watch half tonight and half tomorrow night. I will find a way to avoid watching the rest.... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old January 23, 2009

Suprised by Common Sense Review

We turned this movie off about half way through and had a talk about what we'd seen so far with our sever year-old son. After the talk, we decided not to w... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byspidermonkey January 21, 2009

better than i thought

i think this movie was pretty good it can be a bit scary for kids under 5 i think and at one scene its a bit gory i recomend it 5+

What's the story?

In the dark, gloomy kingdom of Malaria, evil scientists have free rein to create monstrous inventions with the help of hunchbacked servants who are all called Igor. The central Igor (voiced by John Cusack) secretly wants to be a scientist, so when his misguided master (John Cleese) dies in a lab explosion, Igor brings to life a towering female monster, Eva (Molly Shannon). But instead of being vicious, she's convinced -- thanks to a brain-washing mix up -- that she's an aspiring actress.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. Why is it so out of the ordinary for Igor to want to be a scientist? How do others' expectations affect the way we behave and the way we see ourselves? Families can also discuss how this film fits into the monster-movie genre. What does it have in common with movies about Frankenstein and the hunchback of Notre Dame? How is it different? Kids: If you could create a "monster," what would it be like?

Movie details

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

For kids who love Animation

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate