Everything You Need to Know Before Taking Your Kids to See ‘Lyle Lyle Crocodile’

Wondering if Lyle Lyle Crocodile is scary for kids? Or worth going to see in theaters? This spoiler-free Lyle Lyle Crocodile review will help you decide.

Let me just put it out there that my kids and I aren’t long time fans of the book. Perhaps we ready a story here or there way back when but it’s not one that’s near and dear to our hearts. We do however, have an animal lover in our midst who loves crocodiles. Unfortunately, as soon as he saw the trailer he claimed Lyle was an alligator, not a crocodile and he couldn’t let that go. He was still happy to go and see the movie but the family calls him Lyle the alligator now. 

Lyle Lyle crocodile movie poster

What I Liked About ‘Lyle Lyle Crocodile’

If I’m being honest, we weren’t really expecting much when we went to see this movie. We got to go to a screener so I took Jayda (12) and Ty (9) but thought they’d feel too old for it. We were pleasantly surprised with great music, a few laugh out loud moments, and a feel-good story that just makes you smile. 

It was great seeing the main family as blended and diverse, and the supporting characters are also delightful.

Mrs. Primm (Constance Wu) paints a portrait of Lyle in Columbia Pictures LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE
Courtesy of Sony Pictures

There’s a really sweet message about enjoying life, letting loose, trying new things, and facing your fears. 

We enjoyed it enough to go again and take Lee Lee (4) to go watch it. She was entertained through most of the movie and asks Alexa to play the soundtrack. I didn’t enjoy it as much the second time and actually fell asleep. But my kids liked seeing it again.

Is ‘Lyle Lyle Crocodile’ Scary for Kids?

There are a couple of scenes in Lyle Lyle Crocodile that might be scary for young kiddos. Particularly a scene with real crocodiles, and a couple of startling jump moments. My kids all jumped the first watch but the fright didn’t last long. 

What My Kids Thought of ‘Lyle Lyle Crocodile’

What did you think of the movie?

J: I thought it was a really good for a family movie. 

T: I think that it was good. And I think that kids would like it. 


J: I thought it had some good humor for all ages. 

T: I think that because there were funny parts for kids and grownups. 

Is lyly Lyle crocodile scary for kids
Courtesy of Sony Pictures

What was the funniest part to you? 

J: When the guy in the movie theater was laughing when the guy was pushed out of the car. Why was he laughing so hard? When Lyle was playing with things around the house. 

T: There were two funny parts. When [spoiler] and when [spoiler].

Would you recommend it to your friends? 

J: Yea. I would recommend it as a family movie night pick. 

T: I have two friends, but I don’t know if one would like it. Maybe the other. 

What lesson did you learn? What message was the movie trying to get across?

J: Don’t give up on the people you love. Or maybe, everybody can have a friend. 

T: The lesson is don’t give up on your friends.

Who was your favorite character?

J: Lyle. Because he’s unique. 

T: Lyle the Crocodile. But he’s an alligator. 

Lyle poses for a portrait in Columbia Pictures LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE.  Photo by: Courtesy of Sony Pictures

Who would you recommend this movie to? 

J: People who love animals.

T: Lee Lee

Do you think it’s for older kids? 

J: Older kids would like it too. 

T: Younger kids and older kids.

Did you think it was scary?

J: No. Just a couple of jump scary things. 

T: Oh no! Not at all. Only one part was scary. 

Would you want to watch it again? 

J: Yes. 

T: Yes. With Lee Lee. 

How would you rank it compared to other movies we’ve seen recently? 

J: I liked Super Pets more. And I liked Hocus Pocus 2 more cause it’s Halloween time. I liked this more than Lightyear. 

T: I liked this more than Hocus Pocus 2. But I liked Super Pets more. I liked Jurassic World Dominion more. I liked this more than Lightyear maybe, just a little. 

Javier Bardem stars as Hector P. Valenti in Columbia Pictures LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE.  Photo by: Fernando Decillis

Q: What was your favorite part? 

T: A [spoiler]. 

J: The funny part at the end. 

How many stars would you give it?

T: 3.5 out of 5.

J: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Is it worth going to the movies to see?

J: I think if you go to the theater you’ll enjoy it way more. I don’t think it’s really actiony and that you have to see it at the theater but if you could you should cause it’ll make it better. 

T: It’s worth going to theaters to see. You’ll jump more. 

The movie is worth a watch, especially if you have younger kiddos, fans of the book or Shawn Mendes. Lee Lee gives it 5 stars. I give it 3. A tip for families like us who like to wait around and see if there’s a final end credit scene: There is NOT an end credit scene in Lyle Lyle Crocodile. 

Lyle takes a bath in Columbia Pictures LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE.  Photo by: Courtesy of Sony Pictures

Have you seen Lyle Lyle Crocodile? What did you think? 

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