The Kid Who Would Be King

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

age 10+

"Goonies" meets "LOTR" in fun but sometimes scary adventure.

PG 2019 120 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 60 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 42 reviews

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age 10+
This was too scary for my 8yo, and we had to stop watching. I was disappointed because it's the type of movie we normally love as a family. But the creepy underground evil was too much for her. We'll probably try again in another year or so.
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age 7+

Kid approved

For our kiddo who is recently super into knights and armour, this was a big hit. Prompted good conversations about honesty, bullying, and working together even when things are hard. The army of the undead seemed scary to us, but not to our 7 year-old. And the ending is heartwarming. Lots of battles but handled well. Good lessons.
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