James and the Giant Peach

Movie review by Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Fabulous adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book.

PG 1996 79 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 30 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 42 reviews

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age 10+

Memorable

I am 28 years old, and now a huge horror movie fan (the more disturbing, the more into it I am). To this day, James and the Giant Peach is the scariest movie I have ever seen--mostly because of the age at which I watched it. It made a lasting impression (maybe sent me down the horror movie road once I was better able to process such themes), and I still solidly despise stop-motion/claymation animation. The artistic style, themes of child abuse, and characters terrified me. Though I no longer really remember the movie, I remember my fear watching it. Granted, I was a sensitive child, but have long since burned that out of myself, though the memory persists.

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Too much violence
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age 11+

NOT for sensitive only-children

This movie TERRIFIED my son. He had NIGHTMARES for WEEKS afterward. He is an 8-year-old boy with no siblings and after seeing this he was CONVINCED that a Rhino was going to come and kill Mom and Dad at night while he was sleeping so he ended up in our room for about a month after he saw this horror. Is this based on a good story? Yes. Is this probably fine for older kids or kids with siblings? Yes. But I personally would recommend that if you have a sensitive child, particular if it is your only child, you should stay away from this one for a while. Note: It might have been better if we had been with him, to calm him down, but he watched it at school so he was on his own in terms of emotional support. Bottomline : The reviews on this site are VERY subjective. This is my opinion. If you REALLY want to judge if a movie is right for YOUR kids, watch it first yourself.
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