Choosing the best movies for your child

Choosing the best movies for your child

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Best movies for kids and teens: how our reviews help you choose

Our reviews provide a more in-depth description of movie content than the standard rating system. They do this by looking at:

  • violent material
  • scenes and themes that children might find disturbing
  • sexual references
  • nudity
  • product placement
  • coarse language
  • use of substances.

Each review also includes recommendations on suitable viewing ages and issues you can discuss with your child after watching the movie. All of this can help you talk to your child about things that might affect him in that movie.

Check out more than 900 old and new child-friendly movie reviews, including age recommendations and warnings.

Our movie reviews

Our reviews include movies with 'advisory' classifications, which means that there are no legal restrictions on who can watch these movies. These categories are:

  • G - general
  • PG - parental guidance recommended
  • M - mature audiences.

We generally don't look at movies rated MA15+ (mature accompanied). This is a 'restricted' classification, which means there are legal restrictions on who can watch these movies.

Our movie reviewers

Our reviewers have expertise in child development, which they use to review movies of interest to children, teenagers and families.

About movies for kids and teenagers

Although classifications exist as guidelines, a G rating doesn't always guarantee that a movie won't scare your child or leave a lasting negative impression.

Children under the age of seven aren't always mature enough to be able to distinguish fantasy from reality. Every child responds to movies and other media in different ways. Some children can react by copying behaviour they see others act out. Others can develop unrealistic fears and phobias.