Parents' Guide to

The Magic Door

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Mild scares in confusing U.K. fantasy movie.

Movie PG 2007 90 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

There's a needless complexity at work in THE MAGIC DOOR as a result of trying to do too much. The movie fluctuates between the realities of a father and new stepmother and their unruly children getting into trouble and the unrealities of these two kids trying to help a kind troll get back to his realm, with the assistance of a constantly hissing young elf. The result is confusion as to what this story is really trying to be about.

The jumbled story line isn't helped by the so-so acting and subpar special effects. Had the story been more engaging, it might justify the realistic scares of parents searching for their missing kids and the unrealistic scares of demonic growling, howling, and glowing green eyes. But, unfortunately, it doesn't. The ambitions of trying to make this more than a simple fantasy story lead to a confusing movie that careens between reality and fantasy.

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