The Good Dinosaur

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Young dino braves nature in lovely but intense adventure.

PG 2015 100 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 138 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 69 reviews

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age 6+

Gritty & Uplifting

This movie does what many children’s movies shy away from these teaches grit. It emphasizes that life is challenging and fear is a normal part of life. It encourages kids to go with the flow and also sit with their fear mindfully. Yes, it has some scary moments. It wasn’t gratuitous, but it wasn’t apologetic either. Your reaction to these scenes as a parent matters, they look to you as a model in these moments. Be composed, express some sadness, but don’t go over the top. Show them that yes, the world can be harsh, but we try to ride these difficulties confidently because otherwise we are paralyzed by fear. Trust me, it’ll do them much better than pretending it doesn’t exist. -School Psychologist and mom of two boys (ages 6 & 8)

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age 5+

If your struggling to talk about grief watch this

As a person who experienced death at a young age, 5, and who has a son who is also trying to reconcile this experience, this movie is a god send! It expresses grief in a way that puts boundaries on emotions and helped us put language to how we are feeling and the experiences my family is going through. If your in a similar situation I would recommend this movie

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