Parents' Guide to

Pinocchio (2020)

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Italian live-action version has mild scares and peril.

Movie PG-13 2020 125 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 10+

Unnecessarily scary scenes ruin what could have been children's movie.

This movie initially looks like a fantasy movie but there are some worrying and scary parts including the use of the word 'assassins' and seeing Pinocchio hanging in a noose from a tree by the neck. These parts are not needed.
age 8+

It isn’t Disney, but it’s a great movie

I think most people are too used to Hollywood’s way of making films. I am too. That’s why I love when I find a movie from a different country that fills both my expectations as art and as entertainment. It’s disturbing, indeed, but that’s one of the bets things it has. Movies aren’t supposed to be dumb, even if they are for kids. Kids aren’t stupid, and it’s the parents job to explain it is fantasy and reflect about the messages it contains, that aren’t few. The acting is AMAZING, the photography, and the story. I don’t remember the details of the movie by Disney, but I don’t even want to. I think it’s a great movie and I was just expecting to find some recognition from the audience for what I think is an amazing work of art. This Pinocchio film is a closer, incredible interpretation of the original story and that has a great value. My recommendation is to open the minds and enjoy accepting a different type of deeper entertainment.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (13 ):

This movie comes from the creative mind of director Matteo Garrone who brings his distinctive surrealist and dark cinematic style to a much known and loved tale. This live-action version of Pinocchio -- in Italian with English subtitles -- is very much a retelling of the original Carlo Collodi story as opposed to the 1940 Disney animation, and it thrives in the absurd world that's spawned from the writer's mind. Garrone doesn't shy away from being strange, and this movie wears it's bizarre tone and aesthetic like a badge of honor.

The look is somewhat unsettling though, and what transpires is quite a scary film. Even though it remains accessible to all the family, the sheer oddity of it may well lead to a restless night, even for adults. Benigni -- who played Pinocchio in a terrible 2002 live-action version -- is brilliant as Geppetto. In fact one of the downsides is that he's not given more screen time, as he's undoubtedly the best thing about the film. While Pinocchio's adventures are more integral to the plot, it's a joy when back in the presence of the aforementioned woodcarver.

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