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Ivan the Incredible

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Offbeat cartoon about bullying; confusing message for kids.

Movie PG 2013 80 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 18+

horrible parenting do not bring your kids to see this

I am a proud father of 4 boys. One of my boys was sobbing and still is. Another one of my boys drove away and now lives in another country because he summoned DaBaby car. Another one of my boys now constantly talks about how he wants to be a drug dealer. And the last boy now lives with another family because the boy who wants to be a drug dealer traded him for a box of Paw Patrol movie popsicles during recess at kindergarten. Don’t let kids watch it.
1 person found this helpful.
age 13+


Bad movie because Ivan has drip and his shirt is not purchasable

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (17 ):

Some imaginative animation and a few funny, even endearing, characters and scenes can't make up for what at its core is an unpleasant tale. It's about a mean-spirited father taking out his own insecurities on his very vulnerable young son. Constantly comparing Ivan to Tarzan (his ideal), Ivan's dad is not only verbally abusive, but he's also materialistic, selfish, and ignorant. Mr. Olson's ultimate redemption is easy, but also very shallow and unsatisfying. And what Ivan learns over the course of his journey? It's that he doesn't like being a bully, but strangely, with a greater sense of self-worth, he can endure being a victim. Originally a Danish release, the film is more slowly paced than what U.S. audiences are used to, and the scenes of Ivan's humiliation soon become repetitious.

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