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  • 4.0

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    In execution, it is charming...and also a little monotonous.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Little kids will enjoy it all, while parents, when not checking their cell phones, will be thankful for the thoughtfully brief running time.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The whole program could make a nice introduction to moviegoing for a small child.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Pooh succeeds by embracing much of what modern films (including Potter's) have largely forgotten: old-fashioned movie pleasures.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 3+

Adorable big-screen Pooh adaptation is short and sweet.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this big-screen take on Winnie the Pooh is as sweet and gentle as the original Disney cartoons, making it accessible for even the youngest movie-goers (and a fine pick for little ones' first movie). Preschoolers and early elementary-aged children may not understand the way the narrator speaks to the characters (who also interact with the letters and words on the screen), but it won't get in the way of their enjoyment. The sequence in which the mysterious "Backson" monster is described could mildly frighten some tots, but otherwise this is a faithful adaptation of A.A. Milne's classic tales.

  • Families can talk about the way the characters interact with the narrator and the words on the screen. How is this similar to the way the original books worked? Is it ever confusing?
  • Talk about personalities. All the animals have different personalities -- can you describe them? Do you know any people with similar characteristics?
  • Kids: Which character do you identify with the most? When you feel sad like Eeyore, what do you do?
  • How does this movie compare to other Pooh films and TV shows? Which do you like best, and why?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Much more about entertainment than education, but kids do learn the value of friendship.

  • message true1

    Messages: Pooh and his friends offer a wonderful example of teamwork and collaboration. Their adventures teach kids about the importance of standing by your friends, being selfless, and being kind to others.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Pooh realizes that helping others is even more important than eating honey. The friends band together to help both Eeyore and Christopher Robin. Kanga is kind and motherly, Rabbit is industrious and sensible, Piglet overcomes his considerable fears to go through the Wood alone, Owl always has a plan, and Tigger is bouncing and full of enthusiasm. On the other hand, Eeyore is pessimistic and gloomy.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: The description of the "Backson" is humorous but may upset the most sensitive of young viewers. Pooh and his friends fall in the pit they dug to capture the Backson. Several pratfalls from all of the characters.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not applicable

  • language false0

    Language: Not applicable

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Disney has put plenty of Winnie the Pooh merchandise out there for kids.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable