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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Original, heartfelt sibling adventure about love and loss.

Movie PG 2020 102 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 72 parent reviews

age 5+

Cute movie for the whole family

Our family of four (kids ages 8 and 6) loved this movie. It is super cute. My 6 year old gets very stressed by most movies and really prefers just rewatching ones he already knows, but I convinced him this one would be good. He liked it a lot! He did get a bit stressed by certain parts (would they succeed in that part of their quest?) and didn't really understand the ending. But overall, a good movie for all of us. I'm an incredible softie and the ending did make me cry, though I expected it given the topic of the movie.

This title has:

Great messages
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age 3+

Loved it!

Great movie!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (72 ):
Kids say (165 ):

Onward is a crowd-pleasing and surprisingly moving adventure. There's a novelty akin to that of Zootopia in seeing non-human characters inhabit a familiar, human-like suburban universe. In the world of Onward, feral unicorns eat trash like raccoons, dragons can be pets, and a millennia-old manticore (Octavia Spencer) runs a Medieval Times-meets-Chuck E. Cheese novelty restaurant. Holland and Pratt do a winning job as brothers who are opposites but still close. Pratt's Barley is particularly charming: He's an exuberant, role-playing game aficionado who believes deeply in the magic left in their world. Holland's Ian is a lot like his Peter Parker: earnest and reluctant to embrace the powers he exhibits. And Louis-Dreyfus is an ideal pick as a comedic but courageous mom who won't stop until she's protected her sons.

The first non-sequel Pixar movie since 2017's Coco, Onward is a heartfelt movie that, like Coco, deals with loss and death in an accessible way. Although the fantasy-adventure plot is fairly straightforward, the story may make even adults (especially those who've lost a parent) shed some tears. The emotional beats aren't quite as tear-jerking as they were in Coco, but Onward is still incredibly poignant. Who wouldn't be willing to do anything and everything to spend one day with a lost loved one? Viewers who value sibling tales will appreciate that the two leads are brothers who must overcome various challenges, take care of their (half-) father, and protect each other again and again. Onward may not top a list of Pixar's best-of-the-best, but it's sweet and optimistic and a reminder that everyone could use a little more magic in their lives.

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