Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Visually beautiful but dark retelling of classic fairytale.

PG 2014 97 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 68 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 124 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Normalizes criminal behavior

The movie to me at least said it's okay to be a criminal and seek revenge as long as someone did something bad to you. I know it's supposed to show a different point of view but I feel like it glorifies villians.

This title has:

Too much violence
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age 6+

Great movie for big kids

My big kids liked it, the youngest of the bunch being 6. It is violent. Some kids are sensitive to it. It depends on the individual child. There’s a part where a crow gets caught in a net and is nearly beaten with a bar. Maleficent prevented it, but that part upset my kids. The crow turned into a man. Some of the animals unnerved them. Maleficent does look scary, but she’s on the DVD cover. I showed it to my kids to judge if they would be okay with it. Overall, my kids did well and enjoyed the Sleeping Beauty story. This I was like an action film for kids. It wasn’t too gory but it wasn’t overly- child like either.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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