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Choosing the best movies for your child

2-18 years

How do you choose the best movies for kids and teenagers? Our reviews look at old and new movies with a child’s eye. They’ll help you decide what’s suitable for your child.

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 that children might find disturbing
  • sexual references
  • nudity
  • 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.

Read our child-friendly movie reviews, including age recommendations and warnings.

Our movie reviewers

Qualified child development professionals review all movies rated G (general) and PG (parental guidance recommended) and some rated M (recommended for mature audiences).

About movies for kids

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.

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Last updated or reviewed
09-12-2016

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