The Great Mouse Detective

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Clever Sherlock Holmes tribute mixes wit, peril.

G 1986 74 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 21 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 4+

Classic Disney, aged well

Just watched it with my 5 year old, I see lots of parents commenting about it being scary and/or too much with the "dated" things like cabaret segment but really this was absolutely run-of-the-mill and totally fine. I'm usually very sensitive when it comes to drinking and smoking but in this case I feel it blends in well with the time the movie's set in and isn't a big deal at all.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 8+

Fun old school movie- with dated culture.

The story and animation holds up and even my 8 yr. old enjoyed it. Parents should know that this was made in 1986 so There are numerous inappropriate activities by the animated character: smoking, drinking and strippers! There is a seen where 3 ladies strip on stage with the boy mice oogle them. The main stripper sings “hey boys, there's nothing I won't do for you. Let me be good to you." And the mice were putting money in her garter belt. There is also quite a bit if the old school violence. None of this bothers me or my child- but would have if he were younger. The music is dated- but there is not much of it. The older adults will recognize the villain as Vincent Price

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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