Box art for Samantha: An American Girl Holiday

Samantha: An American Girl Holiday

children & family

This exciting movie is based on American Girl's most popular character, Samantha, and her adventures in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. The American Girls Collection features books and dolls to remind children about America's past.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 7
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

Charming, turn-of-the-century American Girl tale.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie explores some sensitive storylines, such as socioeconomic differences and how children cope with the death of parents -- the main character is an orphan being raised by her grandmother. The DVD does a good, thoughtful job of addressing these issues.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Samantha demonstrates concern for those who are less fortunate and how her efforts occasionally go awry. For instance, although her rescue of the orphans is well intentioned, what might have been a better way to handle it? Also, was it wise for her to wander the streets of New York alone to find Nellie in the factory?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

4 stars

The beginning was a little slow but then it got really REALLY REALLY good at the end and I LOVED it!!!

- crazydannielle16, Tuesday, November 4, 2008

3 stars

I remember watching this when it first came out,i liked it then,and it's okay now. Annasophia robb was funny to watchinG i love her now. The american girl movies are pretty good,cute,children films.

- the0high0end0of0low, Tuesday, January 27, 2009

4 stars

I loved these books as a young girl and with an niece i'm so happy they are still around so i can share them with her. Wonderful adaptation.

- justme2126, Sunday, February 24, 2008