Miracle on 34th Street

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Classic holiday movie for the whole family.

NR 1947 96 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 12 reviews

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age 6+


This is a Christmas classic! Even though it is all about being against the existence of Santa Claus, and about Santa trying to prove that he actually is Santa, it really gets you to think. Would you believe Santa was actually Santa if he existed today in the modern world? It is also interesting because the main character besides Kris Kringle is a young girl whom you would typically expect to believe in fairytales and myths, but she doesn’t even know that they are around. It is very bizarre, but very interesting. Also, there should be something about drinking, drugs, and smoking. There is a scene where Fred Gaily smokes in his apartment. But, it is very brief. Highly recommendEd if you are looking for a classic Christmas movie for the entire family.

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 10+


I don’t get the 6+ rating. As understand it, the average age kids learn Santa is not real is around 8. Certainly parents who want to keep Santa a secret should not let any child who still believes see this. It’s a wonderful classic movie for anyone who already knows the truth. This is the first common sense media age rating that I firmly disagree with. It’s already hard enough to keep the secret in the age of YouTube kids and hyper connected kids. Come on. This rating needs to be bumped up to at least 8+.

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