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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Creepy but exciting Burton fantasy based on best-seller.

Movie PG-13 2016 127 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 70 parent reviews

age 15+

Too scary, wish we'd given it a miss.

From the trailers I really thought this would be ok for my 11year old. He's seen plenty of 12's and doesn't generally scare easily. But this film is really scary. I'd call it more horror than creepy thriller. Really wish I'd watched it without him first. Wasn't even as good a story as I'd hoped... Really don't bother, wish I hadn't...

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Too much violence
4 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Super Creepy and Long

My 8 and 10 years olds were completely traumatized with another friend watching this movie. After about a month of talking about it and them still being upset, I decided to watch it myself. It was terrifying for kids and there were some really repulsive parts (like eyeballs being eaten). It was a very long movie and I couldn't finish it myself. Do yourselves a favor and skip it.

This title has:

Too much violence
3 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (70 ):
Kids say (186 ):

Though it starts out unevenly, this fantasy soon finds its footing, taking viewers on a fascinating ride. Director Tim Burton doesn't pull any punches on the creep factor in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. He layers the visual storytelling with darkness and sadness. Those who aren't familiar with the Ransom Riggs book the movie is based on may not be aware of the ways the film is different, but Burton's version still has plenty for the book's fans to applaud.

One of the gifts of a director like Burton is that he has the vision and imagination needed to create a world that only existed in writing before. In Miss Peregrine, Burton flexes his considerable muscles by building that world and plunging audiences right into the heart of it. As Jake, Butterfield does a great job portraying the earnestness, bravado, and confusion of a teenage boy. And the rest of the cast is also pretty strong, especially Samuel L. Jackson.

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