Alexander (2005)

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Alexander the person was great. This movie isn't.

R 2004 245 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 15+

Lots of Noise

If Alexander did as much talking and scenery chewing as Colin Ferrell does in this movie, he'd never have had time to leave Macedonia, and his own soldiers would have finished him off at about age 22. Add Anthony Hopkins' bored narration, Angelina's lips, "Macedonians" who were clearly from Ireland and Yorkshire, and somehow they managed to make the greatest conqueror of all time into a whiny cartoon character with bad hair. Lots of violence, sexual innuendo, but the only swearing is probably by the audience.
age 18+

Meh. Its alright

As someone who is really fascinated by ancient history I had to enjoy this movie, but honestly it was sort of hard too. The movie has its downs, and by downs I mainly mean the nonstop gay love scenes that turn out to have no meaning to the plot whatsoever (thats why they are so hard to watch! they lack meaning..). However, the movie has some incredible battle scenes, and several great landscape shots which I felt to be very captivating. Most critics like to take shots at the actors but honestly I thought Val Kilmer and Angelina Jolie were fantastic, Colin Ferrall not so much (not terrible though).. If your interested in ancient history this is worth the watch, if not do not bother wasting your time because the movie does not possess a lot of depth.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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