Parent reviews for The Secret Life of Pets

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Common Sense says

age 7+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 164 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 110 reviews

age 18+
it has some scary animals and drowning murdering humans, There’s a bunny that try’s to kill people,a spider,a poisonous snake,theres a bird that try’s to eat People.cat’s try to murder dogs.a tested pig. Animal bones Poop Sewers Stealing Bullying Fat shaming Racism Kissing “Slut dog” Cat High on cat nip Men whips tiger Kidnapping animal control Fighting Swearing “Bad dog” Terrible movie I wanna sue the directors WTF It even shows a bra😳😳😳😳😳 Animal pornography 😪 Terrible Don’t watch
2 people found this helpful.
age 13+
What a dumb movie. Who writes these things? with the underlying sense of dread at every corner ? gangs , violence , stereotypes .. stay away

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
2 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Stay away with young kids

I just signed up to write a review for this movie. I took my kids, 11 and 8 and I was really disappointed. There was so much violence and inappropriate language. It was not the cute movie the trailer makes it out to be. Why isn’t anyone talking about the scene when the character, Sergei, is holding a gun and pointing it at the animals threatening to kill them? The gangster bunny, the cat high on cat nip, the caged and mistreated lion? Come on! Why does there always need to be violence in kids movies?? I’m over these trailers that make the movie look so cute and funny and then it’s nothing at all what it actually is! I’m so disappointed. I would stay away from this movie. Very scary for young kids, totally inappropriate. Shame on the writers and producers. No wonder why kids have anxiety!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 5+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 2+
age 12+

Inappropriate

CONSTANT violence from beginning to end, I find it very disturbing that the general population of children is being raised with this filth. Walt Disney must be turning in his grave.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 7+

Not good for toddlers/preschooler

A friend's 4 year old loves this so I thought I'd give it a try for my 4 and 2 year old. I also didn't know about this site and now I see, it was not age appropriate. My 4 year old ran hiding when the second dog got aggressive and we didn't even make it to the scene with the super scary cats. We paid to rent it and ended up turning it off and watching later without the kids. A lot of action and adventure. Definitely more suitable for older school aged kids.
age 7+

A few laughs, mostly forgettable

It has only been two days since I watched this movie, and I seriously cannot remember any specific funny scene. I know I laughed a few times, but it was mostly mean-spirited and nonstop peril. My kids were fine with it, but the humor was really odd and violent. Other reviews cover this, but there is an anti-human gang of abandoned pet that live in the sewer and plan to hurts humans. Supposed to be funny? There were too many characters, and not enough to care about. The voices weren’t that distinguishable. Plus Louis C.K.... I don’t need to watch that movie again. Don’t need to watch the second.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 8+

Too scary for 5 year olds!

I should have read the reviews here first but was suckered in by the Netflix trailer which made it look like such a sweet movie. There were lots of scary parts with some very nasty animals. Not a lot of positive messages to take out either so I would rate this one "don't bother".
age 14+

Disappointed in writers

I check with Common Sense before we see ANYTHING. I like that this site tells particulars that may be a deal-breaker for some movie-goers. It gives us a chance to make that determination ahead of the fact. I have not seen this movie, but wanted to. I was hoping it would be better than the first Secret Life of Pets, that was disappointing to me in many places. It devolved into manic activity for much of it's screen time, and wasn't very clever or engaging. After reading an overwhelming amount of parents reviews that point out how negative and unnecessarily violent the Pets 2 movie is, there's no way I'm going, especially with a 6-yr old. I'd like to preserve as long as possible her innocent and tender feelings. WHY do some writers of CHILDREN'S stories continue to assault them with INAPPROPRIATE story lines, dark feelings, and poorly written dialogue? Pixar is the only name I trust when it comes to children's movies. Most of them are written to appeal to adults as well, and are jewels among the other swill that keeps coming forth. To movie makers: PLEASE take a look at what attributes make a good story that has heart and upholds our finer instincts, and stop making things that sadden the spirit and injure sweet sensibilities. I'm just saying. I have no problem with us staying at home and watching say, The Incredibles for the millioneth time. Something we know we love!