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Lilo & Stitch Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The animation in Lilo & Stitch has an engaging retro-simple vivacity, and it's nice to see a movie for tots make use of Elvis Presley, but the story is witless and oddly defanged.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The soundtrack is mostly Elvis tunes, and Stitch even does an adorable impersonation of the King. As Elvis might put it, you can't help falling in love with Lilo & Stitch.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie doesn't get all soppy at the end and is surprisingly unsentimental for a Disney animated feature. It keeps its edge and its comic zest all the way through, and although it arrives relatively unheralded, it's a jewel.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This screwball comedy about a scrappy Hawaiian kid and the rabidly destructive little alien she mistakes for a dog is powered by ferocious joy. And, remarkably, it manages to incorporate traditional Disney values, such as the sanctity of the family, in a visually bold, subversively witty package that's as far from corporate as mainstream movies get.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Cute story, great characters, fabulous soundtrack.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some elements of this movie's cartoon action (including laser battles, gunfire, characters being captured and held hostage, and explosions) -- as well as the more bizarre-looking monsters -- could be scary for young children and justify the PG rating. Stitch, a small but powerful intergalactic creature, is destructive and angry; he bares his sharp teeth and angry attitude frequently throughout, causing chaos and mayhem wherever he goes. As in many Disney stories, Lilo and her sister Nani are orphans, though the circumstance of their parents' death is referenced only once. In a break from Disney tradition, there are no unredeemable villains; everyone ultimately learns important life lessons, including the heroes, who are far from perfect when the movie begins.

  • Families can talk about Lilo's definition of a family: "No one gets left behind." What does family mean to you?
  • Is this movie scarier than other Disney movies (or other cartoon movies in general)? Why or why not?
  • Why didn't Stitch stay the destructive monster he was designed to be? Did anything surprise you in the scenes at the end that showed what happened to Lilo and Stitch and Nani?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate, but there are nice take-aways about the importance of family and friends.

  • message true3

    Messages: The movie sends the message that family ties can be formed under the most strained and difficult situations and can unite even angry, desperate, and otherwise abandoned people (and creatures). In the movie, a close, loving family is a source of great strength, and caring about others is a way to experience true happiness.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Female characters are portrayed as strong and resilient ... as well as capable of great mischief. A non-traditional family unit proves to be safe, secure, and loving. Key characters, including Lilo, learn to channel aggression and anger in productive ways. The characters are diverse.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Lots of non-lethal cartoon action. On a distant planet, aliens/monsters are always ready to do battle: There are explosions, falls, armed conflict in space, shooting with lasers, stabbing with a needle, creatures held in glass cages, and the capture and imprisonment of a little girl. While on Earth, a child punches and bites a classmate, a house blows up and falls apart, there’s gunfire, characters are dragged underwater, and there are frequent appearances by a destructive, perverse little monster with gnashing teeth and vicious behavior. The main characters' parents died in a car accident (a fact that is referenced once).

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: "Butt" is used.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue