The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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age 9+

Timeless classic faithfully rendered.

PG 2005 140 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 98 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 165 reviews

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age 9+
This first movie stayed true to the books. We all enjoyed it. Loved the portrayal of Mr. Tumnus!
age 7+

Great film, potential to scare

My children do enjoy this film, and it's certainly worth watching with the kids - esp. as you can do the 'reward for reading the book' trick. This moment came at 6 for my daughter, she enjoyed the book too. However the film genuinely spooked her with the WW2 bombing scene at the beginning. Would never have anticipated that - but there were a few months where she might bring up her fear of being bombed before bed. Part of me is inclined to think these kind of fears are a pretty normal part of growing up, and not dwell on it - but clear she was affected by it, so take that how you will. She's 7 now, and no longer has this anxiety anyway that's why I've gone 7+. In more general terms - there is sacrificial culling of an animal character, with a baying mob of witches and beasts which is pretty nasty and quite dark for the general tone of the film. Didn't bother my 6yo daughter, but if you are being protective of that sort of thing, you may want to check out that scene before you let your kids watch it.

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