Box art for Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

action & adventure, children & family, comedy

Based on the popular American Girl book series, Abigail Breslin stars as a resourceful girl whose compassion and determination help her save her family's home during the Great Depression.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 6
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
0 out of 5

Sweet and engaging adventure for all ages.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids (especially girls) who are familiar with the vast array of American Girl products (dolls, books, DVDs, etc.) will definitely want to see this movie. The good news is that it's entertaining and even thought-provoking, so it doesn't feel like just a way to sell more stuff (though it probably will do exactly that). And it doesn't depart from the age-appropriateness of the brand -- if anything, it's even tamer than some of the direct-to-DVD movies. There's no swearing; very little violence; and plenty of positive messages. Even kids who've never read an American Girl book will have plenty to enjoy.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why kids want to see this movie -- is it because of the story or because they're already familiar with the American Girl brand? If kids are already familiar with Kit's story from the book, ask them how well the movie brings it to life. How does it compare to what they imagined? Families can also discuss what they learned about the Great Depression from watching the movie. Did you know what a hobo was? Why do they make people nervous? Why is it important that Kit's family welcomes hobos and boarders into their home?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The edifying lesson -- that helping others brings out the best in us -- should sit well with everyone.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Fresh: This tale of a little girl's determination and grit during the Depression is an honest-to-goodness family movie, one that parents and children can enjoy equally and together.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Rotten: What could have been an oasis of quiet, thought provoking nostalgia turns out to be an utter bore. Yes, it's family friendly but it's also entertainment exterminating.

- Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

It's not a movie just for little girls, it is a great history lesson for a lot of people, but it could have been great without the American Girl logo, which made it really embarassing for some guys to go see, but its just an okay movie.

- DreamExtractor, Monday, August 15, 2011

3 stars

Isn't interested in portraying the grim lifestyles of the Depression but rather creates a faux-American Girl doll populated imitation of one. This movie aims more to remind me of the doll confections if anything else. But it's cute and family friendly and all that. Thesps Joan Cusack and Stanley Tucci are over-the-top and FUN. And Abigail Breslin is incredibly adorable and natural.

- jennifxu, Tuesday, December 30, 2008

3 stars

Kitt Kittredge is a nice vehicle for the popular Abigail Breslin. After Little Miss Sunshine she may be the most saught after child actress in Hollywood. And deservingly so. She's cute, likeable, and talented. The film itself is quality family entertainment probably because it's so emotionally involving and it's serious side prevails over it's cutesy kiddy side. The little mystery that Kitt and her friends solve is fine, but it's the real Depression era hardships that Kitt's and many other families have to brave that makes the film above average. It starts out very sad, almost too much so, but culminates in a sweetly satisfying way that begs for Tiny Tim to cry out, "God bless us everyone!"

- dwt5411, Saturday, November 1, 2008