The Amazing Wizard of Paws

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Even a dog can't save subpar movie about magic, growing up.

NR 2014 96 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 10+


We shut this off. The common sense review mentions a little bit of violence- what they don't describe is the dark imagery and intensity of it. The boy falls in the water? Then they show a clearly lifeless body, the type which requires cpr and is often followed with parents crying. Instead this skips from boy falls, lifeless body, and fine. Guess what ideas that gives my 3 year old? The villain comes through the wall? Again, it's presentation- it's shown in horror movie fashion, he keeps coming and the mother can't protect her child. The son btw develops 'agoraphobia' and is seen by psych - the whole thing plays like it's trying to be a suspenseful horror film rather than a kids movie. I marked it at 10+ to "handle" the elements and images I mentioned but its not the type of movie a 10 year old would watch. I gave it 2 stars because I have no idea how it ends. Maybe things get better somewhere but a family film this is not.

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age 6+

Bad Pun Title is This Movie's Best Attribute

The morality in this film is all but absent. A child suffers the tragedy of his father's death, only to gain a magical talking service dog, money that falls from the sky, a mystical book that's been touched up with a bedazzler, and magic powers, which he uses repeatedly to do small-minded and petty things to people who aren't accepting of a person who suffers no discernable disabilities, but feels entitled to trot their dog into a private business or public area. People suffer tragedies, daily, and have to learn to live with it. The kid gets bullied, of course... 46 minutes in, I had enough of the selfish child who only squandered power, and turned it off.

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