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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden
  • G
  • 1h 42m
  • 1993
Certified Fresh88%
Common Sense Media Iconage 8+
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In this story based on the classic family novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, a young girl sent to live in her uncle's forbidding Victorian manor discovers an invalid cousin and a garden that has fallen into disrepair. As the two children nurture their secret place, they discover wonder, power, and magic within the garden.
© 1993 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh88%
Critics Consensus: The Secret Garden honors its classic source material with a well-acted, beautifully filmed adaptation that doesn't shy from its story's darker themes.
Boston Globe
Jay Carr

The result is an instant classic -- rich, dense, resonant, powerful.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 8+
Common Sense Says
'90s adaptation of classic book has some heavy themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Secret Garden is a 1993 coming-of-age drama about a spoiled tween orphan who finds peace and purpose when she discovers a long-abandoned secret garden. It's based on the novel first published in 1911. Many kids will be drawn into the mystery of the garden and the strange crying in the house, yet be aware that this is a sedate story and may bore kids used to action-packed films. The lead character, Mary, witnesses her parents in the midst of an earthquake that leads to their deaths. While on the ship that takes her from India to England, Mary endures shunning and mild name-calling. Other main characters struggle with the grieving process. A young bedridden boy is obsessed with illness and death. The head housekeeper slaps one of the maids in the face. While Mary acts like a spoiled brat early in the movie, as she grows up, she begins to demonstrate curiosity and compassion.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Family, Fantasy
  • Release Date:August 13, 1993
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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