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The Borrowers (1973)

Unrated | | Family, Fantasy | TV Movie 14 December 1973
An eight-year-old boy discovers a family of tiny people, only a few inches tall, living beneath the floorboards of a Victorian country home.

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An eight-year-old boy discovers a family of tiny people, only a few inches tall, living beneath the floorboards of a Victorian country home.

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Not terrible, but lacks spark
27 January 2013 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I read a lot of children's books while growing up, though I have to admit that I never read Mary Norton's "The Borrowers", even though it's considered something of a classic. So I have no idea if this made for television adaptation follows the book closely or not. However, I did see several months ago the Japanese animated adaptation "The Secret World of Arrietty", and I thought it was a charming low key movie. "The Borrowers" is also a low key movie for the most part, but the movie forgets to add enough stuff to keep the audience's attention. Except for the last twenty or so minutes, it feels really slow and doesn't seem to be going any place. The characters, both regular sized and tiny, also are lacking spirit. I expect children who watch this will soon get restless. More patient adults will get through it, but I think they'll agree with me that the movie is lacking juice.


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