The Secret Garden (2020)

Movie review by Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Adaptation has positive themes but falls short on magic.

PG 2020 106 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 6+

A real disappointment

I was really looking forward to watching this movie with my kids because I was a huge fan of the book as a child. The whole story was rewritten almost entirely. It was probably the most boring a slow movie we've ever watched as a family. I would not recommend it other than for the beautiful scenery and quality of the pictures.
age 4+

Please rename it!

If you are going to basically re write the book, then please please please do not use the books name! This film does not resemble the secret garden in any way, shape or form almost. I adore the book, I have since I was a child. I enjoy several versions but 1993 keeps closest to the plot. This however is more akin to enid blyton famous five come annie with a bit of alice in wonderland thrown in! The story is meant to be pre ww1, they die in an earth quake! Theres no electric lights, no trains, she has no toys, martha is meant to be a teenage maid not an adult. As indicated by the fact shes slightly older than her 12 year old brother. She is also an underhouse maid but in the book says had their been a mistress she would be a scullery maid putting her at best 14-16 years of age. There is no dog! A Robin shows her the garden! You know them things that have a red breast and fly??? I am not going to bother going on but a good writer, director and producer. Try to at least stick to the script when it comes to a classic because people come for the story they love! Smh! This is not Frances Hodgson Burnett’s story at all! I am not sure if I can even watch it all! If you wanted to write something new then do so, why get peoples hopes up at a new version of a loved classic?

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