The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Tween tale has some bullying and mild romance.
  • PG
  • 2003
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 23 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Being true to yourself, not being fake. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lizzie sometimes gets in awkward situations often started by her own clumsiness, but finds a way to keep a sense of humor about it. She pretends to be sick so she can sneak out to tour Rome.

Violence & Scariness

Lizzie endures mild verbal bullying from a popular "mean girl" who was once her friend but now makes fun of Lizzie's outfits and clumsy actions. Lizzie's brother wants his videos of Lizzie's humiliations to go viral online.

Sexy Stuff

Tween hand-holding, flirting, kissing. One of the tween boys acts like he's an authority on what girls are looking for when dating, and what is and is not a "turn-on." Lizzie wears some skimpy clothing.


Movie based on a Disney franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Lizzie McGuire Movie is a 2003 comedy based on the Disney Channel television series. In this movie, Lizzie and her classmates go to Rome to celebrate their graduation from junior high. Lizzie endures mild verbal bullying from a popular "mean girl" who was once her friend but now makes fun of Lizzie's outfits and clumsy actions. Lizzie also has a younger brother who wants his videos of Lizzie's humiliations to go viral online. There is some tween kissing, hand-holding, and flirting. Lizzie wears some skimpy clothing, especially when she nearly becomes a famous pop star in Italy. Overall, the movie teaches the importance of staying true to who you are. 


User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycaffinegirl85 November 14, 2011


nice movie great sweet espically Hilary Duff this is a great movie for the whole family to enjoy trust me!
Adult Written byDexterSmith January 26, 2009

Farfetch'd, cheesy, and has nothing to do with the show

Lizzie McGuire was a sitcom about a 7th grade girl and her wacky adventures with her friends and family, relying mostly on silly slapstick for its humor, but st... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 16, 2021

Good, fun and exiting!

I am really glad that the Lizzie McGuire Movie is as good as the series!
However I was sad not to see Miranda in it :( .
I love how Kate actually turns from a s... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 7, 2020

Great and entertaining!

I think this was a great and entertaining movie! People are saying this movie isn’t anywhere near as good as the series, but I think it is just fine!

What's the story?

Hilary Duff stars as her TV series character Lizzie McGuire in this feature-length adventure. Lizzie's middle school graduation turns humiliating when she's called on as a last-minute substitute speaker and trips, causing the backdrop to fall on top of the entire graduating class. But she's looking forward to a trip to Rome with her friends, even though it's led by her new high school principal, Miss Ungermeyer (Alex Borstein), who seems more like a drill sergeant. Lizzie's spirits remain high even when she finds out that her nemesis, popular girl Kate (Ashlie Brillault), will be coming along. In Rome, Lizzie meets Paulo (Yani Gellman), a dreamy Italian teen pop idol who is mesmerized by her uncanny resemblance to his singing partner. She pretends to be sick so she can sneak out to tour Rome on the back of his Vespa, and he persuades her to pretend to be his partner on a live award broadcast. She feels like Cinderella. But she ends up learning some new things about old friends, and some old lessons about her new one.

Is it any good?

Fans of Lizzie McGuire are certain to love this fizzy tween tale. Lizzie is admired by a handsome international pop star, gets a makeover and tries on a lot of wild clothes, triumphs over the snarky popular girl, and gets to be a superstar with all her friends and family in the audience. It's all a tween dream come true.

It's not really a movie. It's just a 90-minute episode of the popular Disney channel television show, partly filmed in Rome. But we can be grateful that it's a nice, wholesome story created for an age group usually neglected by Hollywood. Duff has a warm, sweet presence, and the use of a little animated Lizzie to comment on the action adds liveliness to her adventures.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether people really do make their own luck, and how wishes can help.

  • Do you think Lizzie McGuire is a good role model? Why or why not? 

  • This movie was released in the days before social media and YouTube. How would the attempts by Lizzie's younger brother to post humiliating viral videos of her be seen today? 

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