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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Despite a few design flaws, "Pants" should wear well with its young female demo.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A junior chick flick. But unlike many of its more mature counterparts, it is emotionally affecting, avoiding the manipulation and formulaic camaraderie that often spoil the genre.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Always sweet and sometimes surprisingly touching.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's okay for a grown movie critic to admit she cried freely and with great feeling for more than half the movie, and grinned like a dork through the remainder.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Sensitive portrayal of four girls' friendships.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that characters deal with difficult issues, including a parent's suicide, disease/death of a close friend, a father's remarriage, seduction, and first time sex (this last is indicated rather than depicted explicitly). The film includes tense family scenes, with focus on reconciliation after angry flare-ups. Characters use some mild language (including "suck" and "ass") and drink.

  • Families can talk about the film's depiction of loyalty and loss, especially as each of the girls loses something precious, but also gains experience and faith in herself and her best friends. How do you support your friends when they feel sad or angry? How can you be mad at someone but also, at the same time, still love him or her? How can loss also be an occasion for learning, sharing, and emotional maturation?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Some angry exchanges, some acting out, girls learn valuable life lessons and support one another.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: A suicide takes place before movie begins.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sex off screen, some awkwardly seductive behavior.

  • language false0

    Language: Mild.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking.