Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Thoughtful, arty take on excellent Selznick novel.

PG 2017 117 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 2+

Fell asleep in the theater

Me, my kids, their friend, and their babysitter decided we wanted to see this new movie in the theaters. We were the ONLY people there, and soon I figured out why! Me, the babysitter, and one of the kids FELL ASLEEP because it was so boring, and my daughters told me what they thought! They started running around the theater and ignoring the movie and for a direct quote they said, "It was awful! So boring, and I almost fell asleep! I love grapefruit! I hate the movie!"
age 15+

Directing mistake

Beautiful story, except that the secondary message is if things are tough at home, kids can run away and it’ll turn out great. We own the book, which is fantastic. The movie is directed awfully. Because half the book story is told with pictures, the director thought it would be good to simply stage those pictures in scenes without sound — a big mistake, because pictures can be understood in seconds but scenes take minutes. The result is scenes without sound that seem to drag on forever. Whenever a note appears, we had to hit pause to read them— six or seven times; a careless mistake by the director, who also points the camera at odd things, such as shoes scuffling in the street and the backs of heads, which is ineffective and confusing. As a result, I couldn’t wait for the movie to end.

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