Parents' Guide to


By Yvonne Condes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Charming story about beloved bear has some scares.

Movie PG 2015 95 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 66 parent reviews

age 8+


I took my kid to see this movie and when we left he had nightmares for weeks about the woman who was hunting paddington bear to kill and stuff him.

This title has:

Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.
age 9+


Gross scary and topics discussed were inappropriate for my y year old. I dont know why it is labeled as a common sense selection.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (66):
Kids say (65):

This is a delightful film version of the beloved book by Michael Bond. It opens with newsreel footage of the explorer discovering the lost tribe of bears, and then the sweet, polite Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) is sent off after the tragedy that leaves him an orphan, happily finding his new family in London. Bonneville is good as the exasperated and overprotective dad, and Hawkins is adorable as the loving artist mother who takes to Paddington right away.

Paddington takes kids on a fun adventure while also touching on bigger issues. There's a nice moment when Mrs. Brown takes Paddington to see antiques dealer Mr. Gruber (Jim Broadbent). A toy train brings them sweets as Mr. Gruber recalls leaving his own home (fleeing the Nazis) and taking a train to London -- not unlike Paddington. The bigger meaning might be lost on some kids, but stressing good manners, kindness, and compassion to strangers won't. This is a sweet film for young kids, with enough slapstick comedy for older ones and entertainment value for adults, too.

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