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  • 3.0

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  • 40

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    He's (Crowe) thwarted by the production's almost total, and truly absurd, absence of fun.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The battles are grainy and ''existential,'' but what they aren't is thrilling. They're surging crowd scenes with streams of arrows and flecks of blood, and Crowe, slashing his way through them, is a glorified extra. He's so grimly possessed with purpose that he's a bore, and so is the movie.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Cate Blanchett brings little but an arch toughness to the role of Marion, and, in a highly improbably climactic scene, proves herself a veritable knight. Crowe and Blanchett share a perfunctory romance, with few sparks.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Scott has an eye -- and it's a very good one -- for sieges of castles, charging horsemen, hand-to-hand combat, glistening swords arcing through the air and deadly arrows whistling toward helpless targets.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Big bow-and-arrow action in powerful redo of classic tale.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Robin Hood adaptation is quite violent: There's a lot of realistic medieval warfare (not ultra-stylized like in some other movies) in the two-hour-plus movie, and a significant body count. Otherwise, there's just a few scenes of sexuality: one couple is interrupted in bed, but there's no nudity, plus some kissing, flirting, and innuendo. A few scenes show the Friar and Merry Men drinking too much honey mead or wine, and the language is limited to insults like the occasional "bastard" or "traitor." On a positive note, the rights of all individuals and villagers are championed over the tyrannical rights of the king.

  • Families can talk about how the Robin Hood legend has been portrayed in media. How is this version of the legend different than others? Which do you prefer -- this origin story with an older Robin, ones withan already outlaw Robin, or adaptations with a much-younger Robin,Marian, and Merry Men? Why?
  • This Robin Hood character hasn't really begun to steal from the rich and redistribute to the poor, but he does call for the king to allow for more individual rights. What's the message about kings and their subjects? If Robin Hood were alive today, where would he fit into modern society?
  • Why do you think there was so much violence in this movie? Did it make the movie feel more realistic, or was the violence gratuitous? What kind of impact does watching movie violence have on you?
  • What does Robin mean when he says no king has the right to keep a manfrom providing for his family? What do you think about his idea that if most people disagree with a law, they should not obey it? Do you see that happen anywhere in modern society?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The messages include: the "inalienable rights" of individuals to their own land, their own food, their own ability to provide for their families is greater than the "sovereign rights" of a dynastic king. The central idea is that if a law is deemed immoral by most people, one should not obey it.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Robin, Marion, and the Merry Men are all decent role models, as they fight for what they believe in and for the greater good. They're flawed, but loyal, brave, and kind.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Incredibly violent, whether it's aerial shots of thousands of arrows about to descend on the French, cauldrons of hot oil splashing down, or hand-to-hand combat. The action is nearly relentless in the first and last parts, and the battle scenes include deaths via weapons such as arrows, spears, swords, knives, sticks, stones, burning bags of oil, and fists. In several scenes, entire towns are sacked and their inhabitants herded and burned alive (or almost burned alive).

  • sex false2

    Sex: The prince is obviously naked in bed with his mistress, when his mother walks in; he stands up naked to talk to her (we only see his lower back). Robin stares at Marian's behind and at her silhouette undressing behind a curtain. The Merry Men spend "a historic night" with three Nottingham women (some kissing is shown but nothing else). Little John says "he's proportionate" despite his moniker, and then tells a very tall girl he's "going to make her smile." Robin and Marian flirt, dance, and eventually kiss passionately.

  • language false1

    Language: Very mild; just some insults like "little bastards," and insinuations about the proclivities of Welshmen. A few exclamations of "Christ."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The Merry Men (and the entire adult population of Nottingham) drink to excess on more than one occasion (on the ship and then in Nottingham, thanks to Friar Tuck's homebrew of honey mead). They're shown nearly passed out from drink. Sir Locksley keeps asking for more wine for him and Robin and later comments on how wonderful it is to hear everyone in Nottingham indulging themselves and having fun.