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Pinocchio (2002)

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Live-action dubbed puppet story is creepy and lacks humor.

Movie G 2002 115 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 3+


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age 6+

From my mouth to my ears

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Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Skip this one: Walt Disney's animated Pinocchio is imaginative, fun, and a much better film. As if it weren't bad enough to watch the bounding energy of a misguided, middle-aged Italian actor delighting in playing a schoolboy, when he's dubbed in the screechy voice of a young English-speaking actor, the "mismatched" heroic puppet-boy is even more unappealing. Coupled with uneven pacing, a nearly two-hour running time, and inept storytelling -- some elements aren't fully developed, and others are never resolved -- the film is almost unwatchable.

Plus, there are scary moments, unnecessarily ghoulish events (Pinocchio hanging limply from a tree in silhouette; the death of his friend after being turned into a donkey) and a general randomness that precludes any satisfying character arc.

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