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Xico's Journey

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Pro-nature tale is beautiful and sweet, has some violence.

Movie NR 2021 85 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Wonderful Xico's Journey ❤

I am 71, a lifelong social justice activist and absolutely LOVED this movie and it's message. Not only that, but I loved learning about the Indigenous Mexican culture and beliefs. I am sharing it with many others on Facebook. Congratulations on a gorgeous, well done movie! ❤
age 6+


This felt like it was churned out with a small budget and little thought or planning. The characters (especially the adults and talking animals) are poorly scripted, the villains are stereotypic caricatures (more than a usual kids animated movie!)... Most dialogue just made me cringe. Daughter (age 8) liked but she has a pretty low bar! This just felt like it was written and created sloppily/carelessly...or maybe by kids. They could have developed the characters, and the theme of environmental activism in a small town in Mexico, with much more respect. I rarely write reviews but this was ...just bad.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (1 ):

The animation in this fun family movie is beautiful, bright, and colorful. The look of Xico's Journey is unique in that it looks a bit like the animation style used in the stunning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, only a lot less busy and much more minimalist. But that isn't to say this doesn't look modern. There are nice visual touches, special effects, and shot sequences. And while the story is OK and reminds us to always remember that we are a part of nature, it's a bit thin, so the performances keep everything together: tension, emotion, and motivation. Veronica Alva and Luis Angel Jaramillo are effortless as Copi and Gus, respectively. There are tender moments, moments of peril, and moments of success. Kids will enjoy the ending and might even be inspired to do their part to help the environment.

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