I saw this movie when I was about nine or ten in school after my teacher read us the book. I remember thinking the book was great until the kids got turned into mice. (spoiler, they get turned into mice by the witches) After that, I was pretty shaken up, frightened, and disturbed. Lot of kids in my class liked it, a lot were like me, and a lot were pretty indifferent. The movie scared me pretty badly. I have not seen it since and do not really want to, but I think if your kid like Roald Dahl and likes the book, they probably will like this. It is not a bad story, but I think you have to use your judgement. In my opinion, there are much better Roald Dahl books that still have that dark humor he is known for but are a bit happier and not as freaky. Matilda is probably my favorite and really great. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is good too. Try some other of Dahl's works first before this one to build you way up.