actor: Winona Ryder


Effective January 1st, 2009, The Dove Foundation Review Team has ceased reviewing all NC-17 rated movies and certain extraordinarily explicit R-rated films. This decision was reached due to the fact that Dove reviewers are parents or grandparents with conservative values. As such, we feel that we [...]


January 8, 2013

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Frankenweenie" is a unique movie which is about a boy's love for his dog and the director's love for classic monster movies. What's not to like? In this film you will recognize moments from "Frankenstein", "Bride of Frankenstein", "Gremlins" and other movies including "Godzilla". One character is [...]

The Dilemma

I had high hopes for this film after screening it for the first several minutes. There was little language in it and it seemed to be a buddy movie with some laughs in it. Then, it changed direction, suddenly, like a locomotive. The next thing I knew I discovered that it is very disjointed with [...]

Black Swan

The story is basically about Nina (Natalie Portman), a character who desires perfection in her dream to be the ultimate ballerina. She desires it so much that this innocent woman is willing to work at exploring her sexuality and being seduced by her darker side, hence the title "Black Swan". As she [...]

Simone – Edited

December 9, 2004

Dove Approved for All Ages

I have never seen a movie like this one before. It practically has an all-star cast, but the whole point of the movie is getting rid of real actors who are picky and snobby and difficult, and creating a computerized actress who doesn't require any of the extras. I was really impressed with the [...]

Mr Deeds – Edited

January 5, 2004

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Adam Sandler (Deeds) is an all-around nice guy. He is honest and caring toward everyone, as well as warm and giving. He is well loved in his hometown, where he demonstrates kindness to people in various ways. When approached and informed that his uncle left him $40 billion, he is unphased. He does, [...]


January 21, 2003

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

To feed his starved ego and win back his ex-wife Elaine (Catherine Keener), Viktor lies once, then three more times to cover up the first, making his professional comeback a nightmare. But the truth wins out. Considering the possibilities with the PG-13 rating, "Simone’s" foul language seems [...]

Lost Souls

This isn’t your Bible’s rendition of end-times activity. It’s a concocted mess that even makes up scriptural passages. In one scene, the evil spirit breaks a crucifix, implying that Christ has no power over him. Putting the scriptural inconsistencies aside, the filmmaking qualities are [...]

Girl, Interrupted – Filtered

September 25, 2000
This movie is based on an actual 1967 event. After attempting suicide, a recent high school graduate, Susanna Kaysen (Winona Ryder), voluntarily enters Claymore, a mental institute for young women. Susanna is diagnosed with a rather severe personality disorder. Other young women in the hospital [...]

Autumn in New York

There are many rules in our society about whom one should date. Some people are disgusted by May/December romances; others think different races shouldn’t mate. This film says what’s important is finding a soul mate, despite the differences. Romantically photographed, with a beautiful soulful [...]