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Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.
Animated Comedy - While most families will find this animated adventure/fantasy/comedy
to be appropriate for most kids, there are some dark and potentially
scary images for young kids, not to mention there is a theme of death
that, while handled sensitively, may be too heavy for the youngest
ones. That all said, the film is targeted at moviegoers of all ages,
genders, and ethnicities though it has a strong Latin flavor.
PROFANITY: None. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Fights and falls, largely comical. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinks at a party. ACTION: Chases and fights. COMEDY: Banter, wisecracks, slapstick, kid and animal humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good In broader terms, however, The Book of Life has sufficient mainstream appeal to provide solid entertainment for parents and children.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good But instead of being gaga for ghoulishness, this Mexican fiesta of animated splendor is packed with visual delights far more sunny than sinister as they burst forth as if flung from an over-packed pinata.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average But the dizzying, intricate imagery is so beautiful, and the Latin-inspired songs catchy enough that the overall effect is often enchanting.
NY PostFull Review Average 'The Book of Life' alive with color, if not wit.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 65 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: GREAT REVIEWS from all the kids!
TEENS: Five of the seven males loved it with the remaining two rating it "average." Three of the five females loved "The Book of Life," with the remaining two rating it "average."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: All five of the males and females loved it. For adults to give an animated movie, reviews this high, is uncommon and indicates a GREAT MOVIE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!
ADULTS: The males weren't real impressed with "The Book of Life," but these aren't bad reviews considering this is a kids movie. The female reviews are much better. Most loved it or enjoyed it very much. A little over 20% felt it was just an "average" movie.