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A Knight's Tale Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    From the moment he trudges through the woods in his scratched and smudged birthday suit, Paul Bettany as a saucy Geoffrey Chaucer takes command.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Laddish, one joke, genre scrambling rock & roll fairy tale.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    There's much to love about this "Rocky" on horseback, and those laughable blemishes just fold into jokes that Helgeland likely intends audiences to laugh at.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A Knight's Tale wasn't made for people like me. It was made for the kids of summer.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's a reminder of the days before films got so cynical and unrelentingly violent. A Knight's Tale is whimsical, silly and romantic.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Slightly edgy medieval tale with rock music.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is very violent, with a lot of shattered lances and battered combatants, but little gore. There is some strong language and a mild sexual situation.

  • Families can talk about the pros and cons of the use of anachronisms (Wat says, "It's a lance? hel--LO!") to tell this story, and about the loyalty shown by William, Jocelyn, Roland, Wat, and Geoffrey (and Coville) to each other. They should also talk about why Adhemar was willing to do anything to win and how he would have felt if he had been successful. Why does the Prince want to compete without letting anyone know who he is? Why was it important for William to allow Coville to lose with honor? And families should discuss Jocelyn's order to William that he lose to prove his love for her, and whether that was fair or kind. Take a look at Leigh Hunt's poem, "The Glove and the Lions" at for a similar story that concludes, "No love," quoth he, "but vanity sets love a task like that." They might want to take a look at a modernized version of "The Pardoner's Tale" to see if Geoffrey Chaucer kept his word and got his revenge.

The good stuff
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    Messages: William defies the class system to compete as a knight.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Lots of jousting and sword-fighting violence, not too graphic.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Mild sexual situation, brief non-sexual nudity.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking.