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 69 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 119 reviews

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age 14+

this movie is inappropriate for young children

Lots of violence; adults themes; abuse and neglect dressed up as humor. This movie was very disturbing to me as a child and I'm disappointed that my daughter watched it at someone else's house. Films with adults torturing children ("the chokey") should come with warning labels.

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Too much violence
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age 7+

Great Movie For Young Minds

While some moments can be a little scary for kids I think this is no worse than Willy Wonka or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which are much more forward my terrifying but for some reason more accepted by mainstream media as children’s movies. Matilda shows kids especially young girls) that it’s ok to stand up to bullies even those that are adults. It’s ok to find your own voice, power, talents and that just because someone is an adult it doesn’t inherently mean they’re good or all-knowing.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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