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Parents' Guide to

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Excellent anime based on video game characters, some peril.

Movie NR 2011 99 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

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A Hidden Gem

This is a great movie.There is some violence/scary scenes such as someone being chased by sharks, people being attacked by wolves, and the villain catching everyone in cage. However there is no blood or deaths. The movie is free from any bad language or bathroom humor. I highly recommend it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva is the first movie based on the popular Nintendo DS video game series, and doesn't sound promising -- but it may surprise you. The actual movie is a most welcome, utterly delightful treat. On every level, it's a clever combination of old-fashioned and ultra-modern: the characters are hand-drawn, while the elaborate backdrops are computer-generated. On a story level, Professor Layton and his apprentice Luke seem to come from a simpler time when being a "true gentleman" is something to aspire to.

Indeed, there's a real Sherlock Holmes dynamic to this duo, using deduction and traditional know-how to solve problems. But at the same time, they live in a fantastic world of high-tech robots and high-flying inventions. Even the subject matter feels cozy; there's nary a strong word or a hint of sexual innuendo. The only real issue here is some fantasy violence, as well as the threat of death (even though no character actually dies). Anime fans (and non-fans) will be in heaven.

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