Parent reviews for The BFG (1989)

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Common Sense says

age 7+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 5 reviews

age 12+

Amazing but not for younger kids

This is a good film I watched when I was about 5 and I was terrified of the giants and bfg when he grabbed the girl even now when I’m 12 I still find it scary it’s a good film so if your kids can handle some frightening scenes this movie is good for them
age 6+

Cute movie for 6+, but may not hold interest for younger ones.

I wasn't crazy about the whole "wizz pop" song, but I generally don't appreciate my kids talking about bodily functions, especially at the table. My 4 yr old was a bit scared at times, but nothing a hug couldn't fix & there weren't any bad dreams or bedtime struggles. I enjoyed having my son read the book first & then watch the movie for comparison. My kids thoroughly enjoyed it, although my 4 yr old lost interest at some points.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages
age 7+
great for ages 12 & ^
age 8+

Wow, people are shallow

Everyone calls this movie crap just because the visuals aren't like the ones from the book. Come on! You gotta give this one credit for being the only Roald Dahl film adaptation before the 21st century to follow the original book. Roald Dahl himself classified this movie as the ONLY good adaptation of one of his books, even going so far as to give it a standing ovation, no joke! And let me tell you, that man has hated EVERY adaptation made when he was alive. I find it sad, really, that the most accurate movies are the ones that get criticized the most. 2005 version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for instance, is bashed quite a bit despite being loads more accurate to the book while the original movie is constantly praised for being... I guess the first adaptation. BFG is a fun film. The characters may not have looked their best, but at least it's accurate and entertaining.
not rated for age

freaky experience in first grade

Well, in first grade we were shown this movie, and I was freaked out within the first 10 minutes. All I remember is that there were giants that ate little kids, and this is a children's movie??? I left the room and told the teacher I didn't like it, so they let me sit outside the room while everyone else watched it. Odd story I wouldn't recommend except to older children that like creepy movies.
not rated for age