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

Movie review by Caroline Gates-Shannon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

A classic tale of good vs. evil.

NR 1988 171 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 3+

Great family film

This BBC classic is a new favourite of my 2.5 and 4.5 year old. We watched it together first as a family as I was concerned it would be scary, but both the girls loved it. We tried to cover their eyes when the spooky demons are summoned by the white witch but as they are quite cartoony the girls thought is was funny and assured us they were brave enough to keep watching. Apart from the spooky factor which might be too much for more sensitive kids, this show is great and demonstrates good moral values (we are not religious) such as telling the truth, being kind to others, and showing responsibility for your actions. My 4 year old was angry that Edward had lied and upset Lucy and we were able to talk about the importance of supporting your friends and siblings. We enjoyed the magic and fantasy of it all. A beautiful family film.

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age 7+

The BBC Version, not the Disney Version

This is a BBC production of some of CS Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia (The Magician's Nephew, The Horse and His Boy and The Last Battle are absent). I don't mind that The Last Battle is absent - I really think of all of the Narnia books, that is the weakest. These are live action, there is a little violence (defeat of the White Witch, for instance), but it is mild violence. I preferred reading these books (minus The Last Battle) to my child, but this is another way to get the story across. Not nearly as realistic as the Disney version of the movies that have been released over the past several years.

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