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The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Solid Victorian adventure is too dark for younger kids.

Movie PG 2014 98 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 7+

Good acting and great story line.

Keeps you going at every twist and turn. Clean movie for all the family. a+

This title has:

Great role models
age 16+

Fantastic film, lots of fun, but best for teenagers/adults (not for young children!)

I loved this film, it was adventurous, imaginative and a fun film to watch. However, it isn’t suitable for children or young adolescents due to (brief) violent scenes and imagery. But older teenagers and adults would definitely enjoy it. I would love it if they made the sequel too!

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (6):
Kids say: Not yet rated

It's a shame that the movie's plot is overly packed with intrigue and detail that will make it difficult for even adult audiences to follow. Director Jonathan Newman scored a terrific cast for what had the potential to be a really fascinating combination of The Mummy and Harry Potter -- with handsome Mariah (looking like a younger, taller Elijah Wood) coming into his own as a teen Indiana Jones type. Despite the presence of excellent actors like Sam Neill and Michael Sheen -- who seem up for absolutely any kind of film, regardless of genre -- the story doesn't quite gel until the very end, at which point the weighed-down plot has made the film seem an hour longer than it's 98 minutes.

But there's something to be said for a movie that makes kids think more and pay strict attention. Older tweens and young teens who can handle the darker scenes of violence and the topsy turvy plot lines may appreciate that although it's not the zippiest adventure, it's not a complete misfire. And while it's doubtful there should be a sequel, at least viewers may be inspired to read the source book, visit a museum, or learn more about ancient artifacts.

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