Parents' Guide to

National Velvet

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Great family movie; even better for horse lovers.

Movie G 1944 123 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 6+

Great movie.

Just great. My daughter (9) was completely with it the whole time, my son (6) had moments of "is that horse really hurt?" - but then watched as the horse got up. Emotional, great models for kids, the adults are smart but let the kids make some mistakes- a truly great family movie.
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age 6+

sweet horse movie!

Wonderful horse movie-will keep even little kids interested in the beauty of it while older children will be able to understand it & parents won't be bored! :) Great acting, great story!
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Is It Any Good?

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This is a heartwarming story about dreams -- wise and foolish, big and small, realized and impossible -- and about the way these dreams change those who are lucky enough to dream them. But it also deals with what happens after the dream comes true.

The film also conveys the importance of faith -- Velvet's faith in herself, Pi, and her dream; and her family's faith in her and in Mi -- and the importance of that belief and support in making the dream come true. But most of all, National Velvet is the story of a loving family, making it a wonderful starting point for a discussion of the ways that families of all kinds can teach and support each other.

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