A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids are taught the value of generosity and understanding.
Maria overcomes the loss of her father and shows that you don't need power and authority to fix the things that are broken in the world. As long as you have desire, will, and understanding, anything is possible.
Positive Role Models
Many positive role models, and those who act as negative role models are reformed in the end. Maria survives the loss of her father with a positive attitude. Her kind, generous nature lifts the unhappy spirits surrounding her. Although she comes from a lavish lifestyle, Maria isn't interested in power and greed. Her selfless acts save Moonacre and teach the others how to open their hearts.
Violence & Scariness
Maria loses her father early in the movie, which could upset some kids. Also, a few short battles in which Maria is chased by villians; they're short, but the darkness and dramatic lighting may frighten young children. Some other slightly scary scenes involving mysterious movements of doors and walls.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One affectionate kiss.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink socially. The governess has one too many cocktails and falls asleep in her chair.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this enchanting fairy tale has some sad and scary scenes that might be disturbing for very young or sensitive kids. Maria loses her father early in the movie, though the audience never actually meets him. Also, one family is portrayed as villainous, and they wear dark clothes and masks, and there are some brief battle scenes with Maria being chased. A magical, protective black dog has red eyes and transforms into a fierce lion when the enemies appear. Maria -- who's selfless and generous -- is a great role model for kids, and the movie has strongly positive messages about achieving your goals. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a beautiful and enchanting tale about a little princess whose selfless actions save an entire kingdom. When Maria takes it upon herself to unite her family with their centuries-old adversaries, the De Noir family, she's pleasantly surprised to find some unlikely characters coming to her aid. With the many magical creatures lurking throughout the castle, you start to wonder whether the castle itself might be magical: walls change form, trap doors appear, and white horses turn into unicorns.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.