The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Imaginative Heath Ledger fantasy is too dark for young kids.

PG-13 2009 122 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 15 reviews

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age 14+

Imaginative aberrancy/lunacy tale could have been better

This very creative and original fantasy thriller could have been epic... if done by a director with more skills. The first half is great; it was really nice to see heath Ledger again. But, things start going south until the end, where you're probably groaning (no spoilers). If you have seen this film and like the ending, then i envy you, because now you own a great movie. For those who didn't like the movie's end scenes, like myself, perhaps we can look back and enjoy some of the better, earlier scenes. parents: There's quite a bit of disturbing violence, including hangings, sensuality, and language. Bottom Line: A great fantasy if you prepare yourself for anything, and I mean anything, that may upset you. Thanks for reading! - Movie Man

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Too much violence
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age 13+
My major concern for kids was that they showed people being hanged on several occasions.

This title has:

Too much violence

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