Parents' Guide to

The Haunted Mansion

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Spooky movie based on Disneyland ride has scares, innuendo.

Movie PG 2003 85 minutes
The Haunted Mansion Poster Image: Faces of cast members swirled in mist above a creepy mansion

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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 13+

Definitely not PG

I watched this with my 7 and 9 year old daughters and they were scared of all the skeletons. This movie should not be PG, it should be PG13. There were talks of suicide, they showed a man hanging by a rope who hung himself, very scary skeletons who come to life, a “devils curse”, and the word “ass” was said twice. This is not appropriate for younger children at all, I’m disappointed in Disney.
age 9+

Although swearing is rare, a swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated shows up in a 10-year-old's bedroom and there is alcohol use. A suicide by hanging; repeated poisonings; swordplay and a man going through the second-floor window all "add up" on the list of possible parental concerns.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25 ):
Kids say (29 ):

Inspired by Disneyland's iconic ride, this spooky family comedy is about as original as you might expect (which is to say, not very). Director Rob Minkoff doesn't pull off the surprising treat that was Pirates of the Caribbean. But he does turn a six-minute ride into a 90-minute picture with a plot as thin as a spiderweb and as predictable as a Scooby-Doo episode.

The Haunted Mansion drags, despite the near-constant rushing of Jim and his children between clues. Though Jim's spiel is a lighthearted patter, jokes about "knockers" and "whacking it" feel smarmy. Madame Leota (Jennifer Tilly) and the barbershop quartet add a little life, but you have to wonder at a movie where disembodied heads deliver the movie's most interesting performances. Thomason shows little acting range, while Stamp's effortless performance appears to tap the actor's immense desire to be out of the movie.

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