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The Last Legion Review

Movies.com Critics

0.5

Dave White Profile

… not as much fun as Krull or a teeth-cleaning … Read full review

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  • 2.0
    37

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    This might have made a good children’s film.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Lackluster and decidedly old-fashioned (in the worst way).

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times John Anderson

    Not as bad as it sounds nor as good as it might have been.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Every once in a while, though, Firth's eyebrow hints, Can you believe I'm wearing this dorky leather breastplate?

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    When a movie wants to be sold as a spectacle, it had better deliver something more spectacular than this.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Mr. Darcy trades Austen for Excalibur. Only OK.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this ancient Rome-set action movie includes lots of bloody fighting and several instances in which a child (the film's 12-year-old hero) is threatened. Battle scenes are loud and chaotic, with stabbing, kicking, pushing, and spearing (the boy sees his parents speared and axed). The rough melees use lots of handheld and close-up camerawork to convey turmoil. Other fights include martial arts-style fighting, with kicking, chopping, and apparent bone-breaking. There are a few brief allusions to sexual attraction and desire: Mira and Aurelius gaze at each other's bodies (hers is partly revealed when she rises from a lake in a wet tunic), and they lie in bed together. No real language (one "damn," one "hell") or drinking.

  • Families can talk about why stories about Arthur, Merlin, and Excalibur hold such fascination. What is it about legends and myths that continues to appeal to -- and inspire us -- for so many hundreds of years? Do you think filmmakers try to make movies like this one as accurate as possible, or do they care more about how the movie looks and the reaction it gets from an audience? Families can also discuss leadership and loyalty; how are both portrayed in this film?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Officials betray their loyal servants; underclass heroes do the "right" thing, though that means protecting the boy who is a symbol of the empire that oppresses them.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Lots of fighting with swords, axes, knives, catapults, flaming arrows, and spears, as well as some martial arts-style fighting (especially by Mira, who frequently spins, kicks, stabs, and flips opponents). Characters fall, catch on fire, and die on screen. The one-on-one fight scenes feature athletic skills and some loud grunting and thudding; battle scenes show blood, especially on faces and mouths. A 12-year-old boy is repeatedly threatened (chained, held over a cliff, thrown hard onto floors); he later stabs an opponent to death. One figure falls off a cliff. Ambrosinus pulls a mask off of a bloody-faced adversary, then vengefully sets him on fire.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Some cleavage, especially on warrior maiden Mira; her introduction consists of rising from a lake in a wet tunic, catching the eye of her male traveling partner. Mira and Aurelius are thrown into a sort of embrace, and they both catch their breath. Mira slips into Aurelius' tent and bed at night: They look into each other's eyes, and the scene cuts to the next morning, implying that they had sex.

  • language false0

    Language: One "damn," one "hell" (Kingsley tells his longtime enemy to burn there as he sets him on fire).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Two men arm wrestle for a jug of wine.

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