Parents' Guide to

The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Magical adventure sequel has positive themes and mild peril.

Movie NR 2020 84 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Way too much violence

Lots of guns, cannons, threats of hangings. I was not happy with this one. It was also hard to follow and the character arcs didn’t really make sense
age 8+

Poor movie

PG: action and peril

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

This fourth outing in The Snow Queen series is the best so far -- Russian animation studio Wizart have finally got into their stride. The artwork is rich and detailed, with intricate city scenes and sweeping landscapes. Characters are well-rounded and appealing -- perhaps because they've had four films to develop -- while the story is solid and compelling. Granted, the script doesn't always flow smoothly, and there are a few implausible plotline moments -- but anything can be explained away by magic, right?

Thanks to good-hearted hero Gerda, feisty pirate Alfida, and the emotionally-thawing Snow Queen, the girl power message is strong. But it's also subtle and never corny, allowing the characters to work together and show empathy and solidarity. It's inevitable that this series will be compared to the Frozen franchise, given that they're both based on the same original story by Hans Christian Andersen. But The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands is definitely no carbon copy. And with plenty of drama, anticipation, and comedy it manages to hold its own as a quality animated adventure that the whole family can enjoy.

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