Movie review by M. Faust, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Offbeat dark fantasy gem is intense, sometimes scary.

PG 1996 102 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 74 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 120 reviews

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age 9+

A true to Dahl adaptation

Well crafted, well executed and well paced, DeVito's direction is tone perfect in this Dahl adaptation. This film spoke to me personally and Trunchbull is a very scary protagonist for kids. She's up there with the children catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Dahl can do a villain. Unappreciated by her family and finding a kind teacher that loves her and eventually some friends Matilda finally has a shot for happiness and I am all about being on this journey with her!
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age 6+

Excellent book to film adaptation.

My 6 year-old and I read the book prior to watching the movie. My daughter has loved every Roald Dahl book we have read, and I reserve the movies until we have finished the book. The adult characters in this the story are over-the-top horrible people, but this is a common theme in most of Roald Dahl's books. The movie portrayal of these characters is nothing short of brilliant. The story emphasizes the positive impact that kindness and education have on children who may feel different or out of place. Our whole family enjoys this movie, the script and acting are funny enough to hold an adult's attention even after repeated viewing.

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