The Secret World of Arrietty

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Deeply felt anime about loneliness and friendship.

G 2012 94 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 47 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 37 reviews

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age 2+

Beautiful and Timeless

The Borrowers was my favorite book. This artistic adaptation might be my favorite so far!

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Educational value
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age 7+

Beautiful but sad

It's a very sweet story, but my sensitive six year old asked to stop somewhere in the middle (in tears), overwhelmed by the topics of death, danger, and displacement.

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