Parents' Guide to

The Time Guardians

By Jennifer Borget, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Dark fantasy has scary scenes, lots of drinking.

Movie NR 2022 93 minutes
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The Time Guardians is a dark fantasy tale with striking visuals but a lackluster story. The beginning is hard to follow as the story flips back and forth between a father sharing his story with his daughter and real life. The English dubbing over Russian doesn't help, since it's tricky to know when he's narrating or actually talking to his daughter. Once you get past that, the movie quickly gets dark, with a jealous ex-girlfriend who not only seduces the young girl's father, but also later turns out to be a witch who chases the girl around the city with a band of monsters.

Fans of dark fantasy films may find this film intriguing. The cinematography and visual effects are quite striking at times, but in the end, the story falls flat. Those who can suspend disbelief and hang on for an hour and a half may enjoy it. And the spooky characters could amuse younger thrill-seeking viewers, but the rest may be wishing they could fast-forward time to get to the end.

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