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Parents' Guide to

The Pagemaster

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Weak Macaulay Culkin fantasy with some cartoon violence.

Movie G 1994 76 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

A good film, but a bit dark.

This movie was intended to get kids interested in reading by turning it into dark action film. However, that means it might frighten children under the age of nine. Wait until they're in middle school before exposing them. There is also a tiny bit of alcohol reference. The movie was rated G but should've been PG.
age 2+

The film's hear this in the right place.

The Pagemaster means well. I personally don't see what is so bad about it. All it wanted to do was to display the joys of being able to read and imagination.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

The concepts behind this movie are admirable. A young boy who is fearful ultimately finds the courage to participate in life, and kids learn the joy to be found in various genres of literature and books. The execution, however, fails to illuminate the messages in either a clear or imaginative way. Fictional characters are introduced in a smattering of short action scenes, which neither make them appealing nor give them any purpose other than to battle and do harm. The scenes that are supposed to inspire Richard's courage are so badly constructed that the audience never experiences the boy's move past his fears to save himself or his friends. Worst of all, with the exception of one cleverly-drawn scene in which a painting deconstructs to wrap the library in brilliant color, the animation is unimaginative and ordinary at best.

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