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Parents' Guide to

Santa's Magic Crystal

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Finnish Christmas adventure has some cartoonish violence.

Movie NR 2013 80 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

Luigi's Mansion 3

age 7+

Mostly harmless but insipid

My 7 year olds liked it. I thought it was utterly horrid as a movie. If I was reviewing it for myself, it would get half a star; because they liked it, I'll give it two. But I wouldn't recommend watching it with your kids, unless you have something else to distract yourself with. As a movie: Voice acting was bad overall. The squirrel, which was a main character, was particularly poorly acted. Animation was ok. It was full of action but somehow was boring anyway. In terms of messages for kids, I'd say it was not bad, but also not totally harmless. The good (-ish): The protagonist was a good kid with a good heart. Most of the supporting characters were very immature, but all but the villain sort of redeemed themselves at the end. The bad: There was one statement by Mrs Claus that I thought was a poor gender message (something about having the "boys" go save Christmas while she cleaned up around the place) but one of the most powerful and brave elves was a girl, so the gender stereotyping wasn't universal. Also bad: The main character comes from an orphanage and the guy who runs it was a terrible human being -- a tiring stereotype. Just once I'd like to see a loving foster parent or conscientious social worker in these orphaned-kids' movies. I wouldn't recommend for younger kids because of the fast action and the immature characters (including adults). Seems ok for 7+ though the movie was simply so bad that for a family movie night, I'd recommend taking pass on it and trying something else. Anything else.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Although the central story line in SANTA'S MAGIC CRYSTAL is easy enough to follow, for North American audiences this Finnish computer-animated holiday movie could prove hard to follow. Some of this is due to the voices of the characters. For instance, there is a reindeer who, inexplicably, speaks in what could be classified as either a Jamaican or a Rasta-German accent. This is quite distracting, as are some of the characters that seem somewhat superfluous, put in solely to be "cute" or "spunky."

Still, the basic story is interesting and enjoyable enough: An orphan must save Christmas from Santa's evil younger brother. It isn't the best holiday fare out there, the voicings aren't the best, and the computer animation isn't at Pixar levels, but, nonetheless, this movie does manage to be engaging enough for families looking for something a bit different.

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