Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

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

age 12+

Visually impressive but dark Wizarding World adventure.

PG-13 2022 142 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 25 reviews

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age 12+

Worst movie ever!

Worst movie ever, the movie lost its credibility from fans all over the world. Jude Law's acting as Dumbledore superb and awesome. All the characters performed well, except Grindelwald. Much awaited expectations of the Fantastic Beasts fans were highly disappointed. I don't think no one would be waiting watch Fantastic Beasts 4, unless they bring back Johnny Depp. Warner bros has gone nuts. Warner bros gonna loose in the film industry. I think it's gone be there end if they don't bring back Johnny Deep. Fantastic Beats 1 and 2 are mojor hits and success cause of the acting of Johnny Depp as Grindelwald. The Warner Bros Pictures sure to go bankrupt very soon.
19 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Fine, but beware of graphic animal cruelty

I'm normally extremely laissez-faire about these sorts of things, but even I would've appreciated some content warnings. There are 2 fairly graphic animal cruelty scenes in the first half of the movie - one right at the very beginning, and one further in. The former involves a creature that has just given birth be killed using magic, dying slowly with flies gathering around its body, and having its baby be taken. The latter scene involves the baby's throat being slit using a knife. Multiple subsequent scenes then show blood and the baby's dead body, and the body being enchanted like a puppet which may come across as defiling the corpse to some. I found these scenes to be distressing as I wasn't prepared for them, and children especially may find them very upsetting. The movie is also thematically much darker than the others. I wouldn't consider it inappropriate for younger children, but they may struggle to understand it, as most plotlines are convoluted and confusing even for adults, and much of the plot centres around political drama. The VFX and performance by the actors are excellent, but it didn't quite make up for the disappointing storyline (which admittedly was much better in my opinion than the second FB movie). There are no issues with language, sex, drug use etc.

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17 people found this helpful.

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