"Pocahontas" is a classic animated movie by Disney.
Being a follow-up to the masterpiece "The Lion King" (5/5 stars), the expectations were high. And yes, if you expect a traditional Disney cartoon rather than a history movie, this movie has got quite a lot of positive aspects.
This is a movie that fascinates for its perfect use of music, while showing some of the most amazing visuals of entire movie history. Like its masterful preceeder, the movie is perfectly balanced, featuring both a darker plot and light-hearted moments of comic relief. The side characters Meeko and Flit (a raccoon and a kolibri) can be compared to Timo and Pumbaa (from "The Lion King"), or Mushu and Cricky (from the then-to-be-released movie "Mulan") and are as charming as them, even though they can't talk like the others. The Oscar-winning soundtrack features great performances, with its highlight being the powerful ballad "Colors of the Wind", which also was given an Academy Award.
The movie's messages are superb, being friendship is always better than fighting, and that you should get known to another culture before judging it.
Sometimes the bad ones aren't the ones you expect them to be.
This movie is definitely a very superb one, and should not be critically panned just because it is historically inaccurate - always keep in mind that both "Titanic" and "Inglourious Basterds" gained positive reviews even though having the same "problem".
(SPOILERS may follow:)
The movie has some peril, one death. Character's names are not written down in order to avoid strong spoilers.
A side character attacks a main character with a knife, he is then shot to death by another side character trying to protect the main charcter, there is no blood. A minor character is injured by a gun. A main character is almost executed by another main character, but then gets stopped right before anything happens. A main character is shot by another main character, when the first one jumps in front of a third main character. No blood. (In this movie, it is not clear if he survives, but since he appears in the Direct-to-DVD sequel it is clear he does)
(END OF SPOILERS)
Even though having some brief moments of violence, kids WILL be able to handle this. The peril is neither as strong as in "The Lion King", nor is the movie that dark. The violence also is not detailed or frequent, and there are several moments of strong comic relief. I think this movie is suitable for all ages.