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Marshall's Miracle

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Depressing dog tale takes on bullying, animal hoarding.

Movie NR 2015 90 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Ms Montgomery is Wrong

Ms Montgomery is wrong. I encourage people to find any review that is not positive about this film. Tens of thousands of kids and parents have seen this film and no one has ever used the word depressing. It is a beautiful, family film that is often funny and moving, but always entertaining. Please judge for yourselves. I am confident you will be glad you did.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Although it has good intentions and some recognizable stars (such as Lauren Holly and Shannon Elizabeth), this depressing dog tale takes on issues that seem too adult for its target audience. It's enough that the film examines bullying and tries to give kids who are bullied clues on how to handle the situation. The animal-hoarding theme feels tacked on, and it's not an issue that's particularly relevant to tweens. It's also incredibly depressing, and the film can't lighten the mood, even as it encourages viewers to not give up "five minutes before the miracle."

Parents of tweens should be prepared to discuss big themes such as animal abuse, animal hoarding, and mental illness. And kids who are looking for an upbeat animal adventure should probably skip this one.

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