Parents' Guide to

The Eagle Huntress

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Inspiring documentary about barrier-breaking teen girl.

Movie G 2016 87 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

A great movie for girls AND boys

This movie is wonderful on so many levels. It's a touching story about perseverance, strong parental-child relationships, following your dreams, gender equality, and simply giving everyone a chance to shine. The heroine is courageous, humble, driven, and charming. And given all the gender-based discussion going on right now, this is a perfect movie to remind us we need to leave the door of opportunity open to all. But don't worry, this isn't a political movie nor is it preachy. Among other things, it simply promotes a message of inclusiveness, which your kids are hearing every day at school anyway. This movie just makes that message real, easy to understand, and it will promote insightful discussions after leaving the movie. One more thing, everyone should know this movie is subtitled. I just wish CSM added this as an alert for G-rated movies but, in fairness, they did rate it for ages 8+. In any case, it's not distracting and the language is quite simple. But, if you bring younger siblings that are learning to read, be warned they might get frustrated with how quickly some of the words go by.
age 6+

Very good but mostly subtitles

As a family we really enjoyed this movie. It's visually breath-taking and the message is inspiring. The one thing to know is that it is highly subtitled, which may present difficulty with a pre-reader or emerging reader. We had to read the subtitles for our younger child, who declared 10 minutes into the movie that she didn't like it, but by the end she was cheering on Aisholpan.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

As this inspiring documentary proves, girls can do anything, including becoming the first female eagle hunter in the 1,000-year history of her family's tribe. Filmmaker Otto Bell's debut documentary feels particularly timely, coming out in a year (2016) when women's role in society is being discussed far and wide. The involvement of Ridley, who played girl-power icon Rey in Star Wars, feels especially significant as a result. And so does Sia's; her award-worthy original song for the movie, "Angel by the Wings," features the refrain "You can do anything" again and again. But the real star, of course, is Aisholpan, who's simply remarkable.

She's sweet and friendly; she loves painting her nails and wearing glittery bows in her braids. But she's also completely focused, fearless, and ready to do what it takes to become the next eagle hunter in her family -- even if she's bucking a millennium of patriarchal tradition. But Aisholpan's story is also the story of her father, who could have easily discouraged her interest in and gift for hunting and waited for her younger brother to come of age and train him instead. The father-daughter bond is remarkable, and Aisholpan's hardworking mom clearly wants her lovely, clever daughter to do what makes her happy. You couldn't ask for better parental role models. Although a couple of moments seem a bit staged, and the hunting sequences are clearly edited for maximum dramatic tension, The Eagle Huntress soars as it shows viewers exactly why girls and women should never be underestimated.

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