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Parents' Guide to

Pinocchio (2022)

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Frequent peril in live-action/CGI version of classic tale.

Movie PG 2022 105 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 14+

Pinocchio sadly disappointed.

I was really looking forward to watching this live action Pinocchio, especially since it's with Tom Hanks one of my favorite all time actors. The movie took a turn. I didn't care for it but when my 12 year old turned to me crying and asked me why they would take children to an island and turn them into donkeys to sell them it hit home. This movie was about child abuse. They lured the children to this "Island" and sold them. How horrible. As a parent and having that uncomfortable conversation with my own children was unsettling to say the least. I don't agree with Disney on this movie. I don't recommend it to any of my friends, family or you whoever may be reading this. I rather if I may encourage family time or reading a book together. I hope I can save another family from watching the violence that we unfortunately saw.

This title has:

Too much violence
14 people found this helpful.
age 6+

Not great.

The pace of the movie was really strange. It started really slow then everything happened very quickly. The Pleasure Island sequence was pretty disturbing for my kids (even more so than the original cartoon). The whale/sea monster wasn’t realistic enough to be too scary. There’s surprisingly a lot of swearing in this film, my kids didn’t notice it though. Overall the movie seemed kind of disjointed and the main point “right vs wrong” didn’t really hit home. My kids’ takeaway was that this was an adventure movie about a weird little puppet.
7 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (16 ):

This retelling of the classic fairy tale boasts an impressive mix of CGI animation and live actors and settings, but the final product feels a little jumbled. Like its many predecessors, this retelling of Pinocchio looks and feels dark in places and could potentially frighten younger viewers. It could also confuse them at points. A full 15-minute intro of Hanks' old man Geppetto talking to his animals and "oddments" in his studio comes across as theatrical and slightly meandering, and it's very different in tone from much of the rest of the action-packed story. Of course, the scene showcases the character and the actor, who is as genuine as always. When he hesitates to send his wooden boy out into the world, holding tight to his tiny gloved hand and fighting back tears, Hanks is surprisingly moving as an animated co-star.

It's always hard to justify setting a film in one country but hiring actors from others to play key roles, as the main cast here has been asked to do in the Italy-set Pinocchio. Accents are all over the place, and some linguistic humor, including use of words like "pedagogy," "flaneur," and "charcuterie," could fly over some heads. Erivo is stunning in her sole scene as the Blue Fairy, starring in one of several memorable musical numbers. Another involves Pinocchio dancing on stage with marionette puppets. Director Zemeckis and team have dropped in some self-congratulatory references, from cuckoo clock characters from other films to inside jokes about actors and agents. These could land differently for different audiences, perhaps like this remake as a whole.

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