Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Messy, dated romantic fantasy is dull and violent.

PG-13 1985 124 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 9+

A fun 80s fantasy romance

Surprised at the negative review, maybe the reviewer was a bit grumpy that day. My siblings and I watched this movie over and over. A neat story, a really good bad guy, amusing Matthew Broderick, and Michelle Pfeiffer at her most beautiful. Rutger Hauer is appropriately brooding. The early scenes with the wolf are a bit scary, but overall fairly bloodless.
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age 9+

Still a fun watch

I'm really confused by the Commonsense review on this one. I loved this movie as a kid but actually resisted showing it to my own because of this review and thinking maybe I misremembered it. Finally did tonight, and he enjoyed it a lot. Sure, some of the cinematography is dated, and the music is SO 80s, but the plot is still engrossing and touching, the violence is pretty minimal without being infantalizing, the jokes are funny, and if it won't become a household favorite these days it still makes for a nice family movie night with slightly older kids.

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