Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Family movie night? There's an app for that

Download our new mobile app on iOS and Android.

Parents' Guide to

Miracle at Midnight

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Average telling of amazing WWII true story; peril, violence.

Movie NR 1998 90 minutes
Miracle at Midnight Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Loved It!

My 10 year old son recently watched this and thought that their were no scares and strong messages!
age 14+

Very Violent

The movie is great, but it is very violent and intends bad ideas such as suicide and hang themselves.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The true account of how more than 7,000 Danish Jews were saved from deportation by an incredible citizen effort is a story well worth telling. With Miracle at Midnight, Disney has made a noble effort, producing a well-meaning movie that achieves what it sets out to do. However, by focusing on just one altruistic family -- the fictionalized Koster family -- and constrained by a TV movie budget, the end result feels somewhat minor in the face of the enormity of the real-life story.

A stellar cast, including Waterson and Farrow as the heads of the Koster family, bring all the necessary drama, threat, worry, and bravery to carry the movie. That said, the attempts at a Danish accent are patchy across the board, with much of the supporting cast sounding suspiciously Irish -- the movie was indeed filmed in Ireland. Miracle at Midnight paints with broad strokes but its palette is rich, with action, adventure, peril, moral dilemmas, and ethical discussions. Ultimately it's a great starting point to inspire further reading about an incredible feat of human kindness.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate