Parents' Guide to

Pocahontas

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fine for kids; just don't expect a history lesson.

Movie G 2000 81 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 6+
Native American princess Pocahontas and her people have their land taken from them by the English settlers that despite "savages," which is their name for the Native Americans in this movie. There's even an entire song about it.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.
age 5+
Story & music enjoyable - a couple of scary scenes best with adult support the first time or two it’s viewed by a younger audience.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16):
Kids say (41):

Children may lean toward The Lion King's menagerie of cute talking animals before embracing this history-based tale from Disney, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its own lures. A frisky raccoon and a scene-stealing hummingbird contribute nothing of import to the story but succeed in livening up what might otherwise have been a fairly somber tale.

This is a movie less concerned with booing the bad guys than with cheering on the heroes. The villain isn't a single entity; Ratcliffe embodies the type of greed, ignorance, and hostility that still hurts people today. The film's message is that peace and tolerance are goals well worth striving for, but its historical inaccuracies, anti-Native language, and use of clichés like the "magical Native" trope make for less-than-ideal representation.

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