Parents' Guide to

The Curious Case of Natalia Grace

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Multifaceted abuse story references violence, sexuality.

TV Max Reality TV 2023
The Curious Case of Natalia Grace TV show poster: Two sepia toned photos of a young girl with dwarfism are spliced on top of each other.

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A story that is both intriguing and unsettling, marked by a cast of unreliable narrators. From the outset, the interviews with Michael Barnett in The Curious Case of Natalia Grace are darkly captivating as his apparent narcissistic tendencies and questionable truthfulness add complexity to the narrative, painting him as both a potential victim and a dubious character in this murky saga. Also notable is the series' selective representation of perspectives; it's told primarily from Michael Barnett's viewpoint, while Kristine Barnett, accused of abusing Natalia, is conspicuously absent. Moreover, until season two, Natalia Grace herself is largely represented through secondary sources, such as recorded interviews with legal experts, rather than direct participation. This unbalanced portrayal may leave viewers with more questions than answers, creating a narrative that's as compelling as it is incomplete.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: May 29, 2023
  • Network: Max
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: January 28, 2024

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