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  • 4.0

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  • 100

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    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    Frozen is fabulous.

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  • 100

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Wonderfully enchanting wintry fare.

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  • 70

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    Variety Scott Foundas

    This always enjoyable tale of mysterious magic, imperiled princesses and square-jawed men of action proves longer on striking visuals than on truly engaging or memorable characters.

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  • 70

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The film transcends its various borrowings and occasional stumblings with a modern, exuberant spirit that draws heat from Broadway-style musical numbers and, before and after everything else, from marvelous 3-D animation

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Energetic, humorous and not too cloying, as well as the first Hollywood film in many years to warn of global cooling rather than warming, this tuneful toon upgrades what has been a lackluster year for big studio animated fare.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    It's entertaining, and following an old Disney tradition Frozen works some old-school magic in its nonhuman characters.

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  • 80

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    Time Richard Corliss

    The impact of this sisterhood fable on viewers should be as warm and rapturous as Olaf the snowman’s dream of summer. Child, teen or septuagenarian, you’ll warm to Frozen.

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  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Disney’s Frozen works beautifully as a timeless fairy tale with a modern twist.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Frozen is a Disney animated musical that's likely to appeal to families with children of all ages. As in many Disney movies, the parents die, here leaving orphaned princesses who must find a way to survive. There are a few other violent scenes that involve men with weapons, snarling wolves, a scary snow monster, a severe storm, and a character who nearly freezes to death. A character falls in love -- twice -- and ends up sharing two kisses at the end of the story. Messages include unconditional love between sisters after a long estrangement, being true to yourself, recognizing your gifts, and not being afraid of your power.

  • Families can talk about Frozen's message. What do Anna and Elsa learn over the course of the movie? Kids: How can you apply the movie's lessons to your own life?
  • What do you think of the act of love that saves the kingdom?
  • There's more music in Frozen than in recent Disney films. How does the soundtrack compare to other Disney movies?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Positive messages about not being afraid of your power and talents, not letting people you love run away, and the importance of figuring out that love demands selflessness and generosity. The love and bonds of sisterhood are emphasized, and the idea of true love taking time to develop is stressed.

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    Role models: Anna is a brave, kind, and loving sister. She doesn't give up on her sister Elsa, even when everyone else deems her a danger to the kingdom. Elsa, in turn, finally discovers that her power doesn't have to be destructive; it can bring joy, too. Kristoff and Anna teach other that finding the person you love takes more than just one day -- it means overcoming obstacles and sticking by each other during tough times.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: When they're young, Elsa accidentally hits Anna with her freezing magic and ends up nearly killing her. Elsa and Anna's parents die in a shipwreck; the stormy sea/sinking boat and resulting mourning are briefly seen. Queen Elsa unleashes her magic on the kingdom and plunges it into eternal winter. Vicious wolves chase Anna and Kristoff on a sleigh. Elsa creates a very menacing snow monster and accidentally hurts Anna again. Men with guns and bows try to hurt Elsa. The queen is imprisoned and sentenced to be executed. Anna's heart begins to freeze, and it seems likely her whole body will turn to ice. A severe winter storm unleashed by Elsa's feelings could upset/alarm some younger kids.

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    Sexy stuff: Princess Anna thinks that she's fallen in love with Prince Hans in just a few hours (after some flirting and exchanging of favorite things) and ends up accepting his proposal. Then she spends time really getting to know Kristoff and actually falls in love. Two kisses at the end of the movie. Queen Elsa wears a tight sparkly dress with a high slit. The trolls want Anna and Kristoff to get married.

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    Language: The trolls call Kristoff a "fixer upper" and recount some of his flaws (like being "smelly" and his unnatural attachment to his reindeer). The visiting dignitaries call the Queen Elsa a "monster," an "evil sorceress," a "traitor," "murderer," etc.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Nothing in the actual movie, but there are many merchandise tie-ins with the movie, from apparel and figurines to costumes, accessories, and games.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Champagne is served at a royal reception.