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By Rich Phippen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

C.S. Lewis biopic has great performances but no kid appeal.

Movie PG 1994 131 minutes
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Understated, nuanced performances from Hopkins and Winger do justice to a script that subtly explores the feelings and emotions of the lead characters. Winger was nominated for Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Joy, while Hopkins' portrayal of Jack earned him a BAFTA for best actor. Richard Attenborough's direction is unfussy, leaving the actors to do their thing against picturesque backdrops of the English countryside.

The lack of action in Shadowlands -- very little happens beyond the lead characters talking in a variety of settings -- means that younger audiences may struggle to climb onboard. But for those who do, the performances are so engaging that it's impossible not to feel touched by the relationships depicted on screen.

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