snowdragon, I get your reasons why you'd avoid that movie, for the same reason that I get people who avoid movies like The Fountainhead or Woody Allen films or such. My take on the thread was that is was a list of movies that most find inappropriate for kids but good for adults, such that I'd list movies here that I would or wouldn't allow my kids to watch due to content but that I'd watch myself. That's why I was also a bit confused why The Golden Compass would end up on someone's banned list here. I didn't recall anything in the movie that I found to be particularly improper for kids, presuming that one didn't find the message to be improper in general. I wouldn't bother listing films I don't let my kids watch because I won't watch them myself, because that list would be huge.
My take was that we were talking about films marketed to adults that an kids might happen to like. While that book might have been a YA book, the movie is more known by adults in my circles. That said many of the children of parents in my circle know the movie are also of age that need sitters from time to time. One of the things I discuss before making an exception to having kids over, these days is what types of movies they and I allow.
The last line in the OP was "What movies do you approve or disapprove of?"
So I included my lists of both -approved and disapproved ( or banned).
I think there were a couple of us who listed Golden Compass in the disapproved list,,,and someone asked about reasons....we each explained our reasons.