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Race to Witch Mountain Review Critics


Dave White Profile

They're not witches, they're aliens. Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This is filmmaking by the numbers meant to succeed by the numbers.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Staff [Not Credited]

    Mediocre family fare that's simply not that much fun.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    The planet-hopping children have special talents -- telekinesis, telepathy etc. -- although it is the high-wattage lovability of Mr Rock that's the real superpower on display here.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    It's entertaining with a crafty mixture of action, humor and drama.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Sci-fi remake is action packed and intense for a PG film.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this new take on Disney's classic Escape to Witch Mountain is scary -- the destruction of the world is at stake, and the main characters are in constant peril. And, for a PG-rated film, it has more violence and intense moments than you might expect. Since the alien villain and government agents are all trying to kill or capture the extraterrestrial teens, the kids are constantly in danger and have to ward off many threats, including explosions and direct gunfire. There's also a little bit of mild flirting between two characters and several product placements. Language is mostly limited to threats like "you're dead."

  • Families can talk about whether the amount of violence in this movie is OK for the kid audience it's being advertised to. Kids: Was it scarier than you thought it would be? Is it less scary because the main characters are aliens? Why or why not?
  • How are Seth and Sarah different from other aliens you've seen inmovies and TV shows? What do they learn about humankind -- and viceversa?
  • For fans of the original Disney Witch Mountain movies, how does this remake compare?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: The movie is intended to entertain, not educate.

  • message true2

    Messages: Amid the peril and danger, the main characters learn about trusting others.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: A man selflessly helps kids who are in trouble. But on the other hand, U.S. government officials are depicted as mean and violent. People who believe in UFOs are made fun of but eventually validated in their belief that extraterrestrials exist.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: This film is more violent than most PG-rated Disney flicks. Not only is an alien assassin trying to kill the protagonists, but the government operatives are also ready to use deadly force. The scary alien sets fire to places and continuously tries to shoot Sarah, Seth, and pretty much anyone who's in his way. No one looks dead, but obviously the alien's explosions injure people. Sarah also uses her telepathy to set cars on fire or crash them in the street. Characters engage in hand-to-hand fights. The confrontations are loud and frightening, but there's no blood or obvious death.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Two characters flirt, hold hands, and are told by a telepathic alien that they're thinking of each other.

  • language false1

    Language: Mild: Words include "pimped" and threatening language like "you're dead," "deadly force authorized," and "we can make you disappear."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Product placements include Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Avalanche, Ford Mustang GT, Planet Hollywood, the movie Bullitt, Star Wars stormtroopers, and various hotels on the Las Vegas strip.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue