Parents' Guide to

The Boxcar Children

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Beautiful, moving cartoon tale based on classic book series.

Movie G 2014 81 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 3+

Beautiful, gentle, story

We had read all of the the original Boxcar Children books as a family and were excited they'd made a movie of the first book. The scenery is beautiful and the characters are lovable. We are conservative with movies and my (then) 4 year old was pretty much in the Daniel Tiger stage but she enjoyed this movie too. There was only one part that was scary for her- the car chase with the mean baker. Besides that there's motion scary. The characters are noble and represent siblings taking care of each other. I was really surprised that Common Sense gave it a 7+ rating. Perhaps because of the general theme of orphans.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 5+

Can't find it

I have been wanting to watch this movie for years now. Searched for it on Netflix as this site says it's on there. It's not. Disappointing.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Visually beautiful, well-acted, and with a classic story well told, this is a satisfying, moving film. Considerably slower and more deliberate than most 21st-century children's fare,The Boxcar Children takes hold of and carries the viewer into the lovely world of Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny. In that world of abundance and beauty, people are generally kind. It's an idealized, heartwarming tale that looks at kids who never argue, work together without complaint, and find joy in even life's smallest treasures. Good deeds are rewarded; endings are happy. Highly recommended for families who will enjoy sharing that special world, if only for the time it takes to watch it.

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