Parents' Guide to

Mary and the Witch's Flower

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Magical, intense adventure should delight tween Potter fans.

Movie PG 2018 102 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 8+


delightful and imaginative tale

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age 7+

Magical and fun

This was a wonderful movie to watch with my two girls, ages 7 and 11. They loved the magic, mystery, and suspense. It was slightly scary in the beginning, but fine after the initial set-up. I loved that the female was the heroine using her own talents. A wonderful film!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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

An ideal choice for Harry Potter and Studio Ghibli devotees, this animated fantasy adventure about a seemingly unremarkable English girl who enters a magical world is sweetly enchanting. Mary is a lovable klutz with bushy red hair and a penchant for making a mess of things. She's incredibly easy to root for, an adorably awkward and determined underdog who manages to summon the courage necessary to face considerable danger to rescue her new friend Peter (Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Andy Serkis' son). The English voice ensemble is well cast, with Winslet seeming to relish her villainous role, Broadbent a perfect pick for the mad professor, and Barnhill an authentic choice for the starring role.

With Mary and the Witch's Flower, Studio Ponoc -- the Japanese animation studio founded by former Ghibli animators after that legendary company closed -- continues Ghibli's tradition of sweeping adventures starring young girls dealing with supernatural surroundings. The animators clearly love detailing the English countryside; it's rendered beautifully here, with the forest's greens, blues, and browns a lovely backdrop to Mary's earthbound action. The magical realm, of course, is otherworldly, with Endor a skyscraper-ish space-age creation. While the headmistress and her sidekick's nefarious plans aren't as well-laid-out as other magical villains' end games, the movie still conveys the intensity and urgency of Mary's mission to defeat Madam's evil intentions.

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