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Saving Shiloh Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 70

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    May be naive and narratively simple, but it's prime fare for the always underserved family audience.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Anita Gates

    Touching, intelligent and admirably thoughtful, but more action-packed than its predecessors, thanks to escaped convicts, a local murder and a truly suspenseful finale, with lives at stake.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Solid family fare. Like its source material, the Missouri-shot Saving Shiloh is down-home country without condescending to hicks from the sticks.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Saving Shiloh is like one of those wholesome, old-fashioned films that you used to watch with your third-grade classmates during visits to the library.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's a family film that deals with real problems and teaches real values, and yet is exciting and entertaining.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Cute but uneven. Best for dog lovers.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that a character throws a dog against a fence and threatens to beat it with a bat. The boys think they see two different dead bodies. Dara Lynn falls into a rushing river, and Marty goes in after her. Both kids, and little Shiloh, nearly drown. Escaped convicts chase after Marty and David, threatening to hurt them. Marty makes friends with a suspicious and dog-abusing old man.

  • Families can talk about how to know if an adult is safe or not. Would you have made friends with Judd? Would you have judged him the way Marty did? After meeting someone, how do you know that they're safe? What clues did Marty use? Which would you use?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Marty tries to do the right thing. The story encourages kids to follow their hearts.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: One scene of animal abuse; the kids fall in the river and their lives are threatened, but it's handled with a light hand. The boys think they see two different dead bodies.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue