The Boxcar Children

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

age 7+

Beautiful, moving cartoon tale based on classic book series.

G 2014 81 minutes

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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.

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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.

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