Parents' Guide to

The Secret Garden

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

'90s adaptation of classic book has some heavy themes.

Movie G 1993 101 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 17+

How is there nothing for sexy stuff?

Have you seen the full movie? Now I know the plot is kid friendly but if you watch after Mary met the guy who has never walked before the girl took off all her clothes and took a bath. Is this seriously G?
age 7+

Just about perfect

This matches the quality of the best films for adults, while still being appropriate for children. Highly recommended.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (19 ):

This is a fine adaptation of the beloved children's book. Children respond to Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden because (at least in the beginning) she is so unlikable, a relief from all the Pollyannas and Cinderellas who are rewarded for their relentlessly sunny characters and good deeds. And then there is the pleasure of meeting Colin, who is even worse, a "young rajah" who has had his every wish granted instantly and is surrounded only by those who live in terror of his hysteria.

Mary and Colin are a perfect match for each other, and the scene in which she responds to his tantrum with fury is especially moving, as is the scene in which they enter the garden together, a wonderful metaphor for all that is going on inside their spirits.

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