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Spartacus Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Thrilling epic is too intense for the youngest.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has intense battles, crucifixions, and an off-screen suicide. There's implied nudity and implied homosexuality. Slave women are given to men as rewards.

  • Families can talk about why it was important for the Romans to spread the rumor that Spartacus was of noble birth. What did Biatius mean when he said he had found his dignity? How was he changed? What did it mean when Gracchus responded that "dignity shortens life even more quickly than disease?" Why did Crassus say he was more concerned about killing the legend than killing the man? Why did each of the slaves claim to be Spartacus?

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Very intense battle scenes, fights, crucifixions, also (off-screen) suicide.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Implied nudity, slave women are treated as commodities, provided to male slaves as a reward, implication of homosexual advances by Crasus to Antonius.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue