Parents' Guide to

The Pilgrim's Progress

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Violence, mature concepts in faith-based animated adventure.

Movie PG 2019 108 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 2+

Wonderful for all to see

This is one of my absolute favorite movies. The creators did an excellent job. Huge thank you for putting this out in the world. This movie takes us through the journey of faith of a believer. It is deep and complex enough to captivate adults. Intelligently delivered and thought provoking. There are several very powerful scenes that echo our own walks and offer wonderful encouragement. I loved the scenes where the pilgrims were in the cage. And how that was a reminder that the enemy can not hurt us he can only imprison us and hope we hurt ourselves. How many believers have been lost to this deception? God is real and alive and the journey is difficult but worth it. Please watch this for the whole family. I think all ages will love it but some stuff will go over young kids heads. I hate to say it but the expert review is absolutely wrong and unseeing. Please give this movie a chance.
age 4+

I love this movie.

Great movie. I love the animation and of course, the presentation of the gospel. My favorite book is Pilgrim’s Progress. The movie has also become a favorite of mines. I’ve watched it so many times I’ve loss count. Highly recommend.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Transforming 17th-century literature into modern animated family fare isn't easy, so viewers' opinions of this movie are likely to vary according to how much they know and enjoy Bunyan's book. Those who've read the Christian classic are rather thin on the ground these days, but plenty know at least the story's outline. Children, who are most likely to have encountered The Pilgrim's Progress only in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series (in which the book was one of the very few permitted for Sunday reading, along with the Bible) may need help with the main concept: that this is a metaphorical hero's journey, in which everything real and literal is actually a stand-in for something else. Without that understanding, the film basically follows a guy on a long walk who stops to have lots of hard-to-follow conversations -- not a particularly juicy setup for a movie, particularly one aiming to be a sort of Christian adventure story.

The movie works best when Christian is facing down some of the strange characters he meets on his journey: a menacing stone mountain that stands for the Rule of Law; a pair of bickering giants intent on convincing Christian and traveling companion Hopeful to kill themselves; the dragon-like Apollyon, which morphs between a winged creature and the honcho of Christian's hometown. Most of the movie's straight-on action/battle scenes involve the Apollyon, including one conflict that takes up a full five minutes. At least during these moments, parents won't have to whisper explanations of metaphorical biblical concepts as the "straight and narrow path" or the "place of deliverance." Yet when things do get livelier in this movie, they're often too mature for little kids, as when one of Christian's friends is summarily executed. Kids may also be confused by Christian abandoning his family early in the movie ("You mean this dad up and left because of something he read in a book? And that's a good thing?"). (Spoiler alert!) At the movie's end, Christiana learns that her husband is still alive, which the movie presents as a joyous moment -- yet she's still stuck alone in a tiny, doomed village with presumably no way to support her family. Mr. Bunyan, is a rewrite possible?

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