Parents' Guide to

Suzume

By Jeremy Looney, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Heartfelt anime film explores love, loss, and adventure.

Movie PG 2023 122 minutes
Suzume movie poster: Suzume, Souta, and Daijin stand together in a doorway that Suzume has opened revealing the ever after, a beautiful and serene field with a starry sky.

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 6+
All good for younguns
age 9+

A great movie!!!!!

what I loved about this movie is that there is not much violence, and it introduces kids and teens to beautiful Japan, it teaches about earthquakes and natural disasters, which my young kid loved a lot. what you should know, is that there is a little bit of drinking that's shown less, and light romance. it also teaches kids how to problem solve, and the stages of thinking critically.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (8 ):

This beautiful anime movie explores themes of love, loss, and adventure and asks what happens to the places we used to love that have been abandoned. Suzume is gorgeously animated and delivers a mature and relatable story about dealing with grief and love. Throughout the film, Suzume is forced to revisit the trauma of her mother's passing in a tsunami when she was a child.The film also explores the loss of locations -- places such as an old amusement park that were once full of life but have been abandoned and left to rot. Every time Suzume closes a door in one of these forgotten locations it feels like she's giving it a proper sendoff as one of the only people that can tap into and feel the lingering memories and emotions from a bygone era.

The art and animation in Suzume are stunning, the attention to detail in the environments and the lifelike animation of characters that perfectly captures their emotion is a joy to behold. The music is fantastic, and the voice actors deliver excellent performances that capture the emotions of heartfelt scenes such as an argument between Suzume and her aunt that exposes the strain and struggles of each character's loss following the death of a parent and the frustrations with their situation as a nontraditional family. Overall, Suzume is a winning anime film that is impressive in just about every way, and one that's wonderful for all ages.

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