Movie review by M. Faust, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Offbeat dark fantasy gem is intense, sometimes scary.

PG 1996 102 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 72 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 121 reviews

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age 9+

A true to Dahl adaptation

Well crafted, well executed and well paced, DeVito's direction is tone perfect in this Dahl adaptation. This film spoke to me personally and Trunchbull is a very scary protagonist for kids. She's up there with the children catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Dahl can do a villain. Unappreciated by her family and finding a kind teacher that loves her and eventually some friends Matilda finally has a shot for happiness and I am all about being on this journey with her!
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age 7+

Great Movie For Young Minds

While some moments can be a little scary for kids I think this is no worse than Willy Wonka or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which are much more forward my terrifying but for some reason more accepted by mainstream media as children’s movies. Matilda shows kids especially young girls) that it’s ok to stand up to bullies even those that are adults. It’s ok to find your own voice, power, talents and that just because someone is an adult it doesn’t inherently mean they’re good or all-knowing.

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