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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Magical, award-winning martial arts fairy tale.

Movie PG-13 2000 120 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 18+

Don't trust the 12+ rating

There is a sex scene where the man stimulates the woman genitals and she outwardly displays arousal. I would NEVER allow my child to see this adult act. There may not be a ton of sex scenes....but one is too many for my children. No child EVER needs to see that type of adult interaction.
age 15+

Great movie...FOR ADULTS

Excellent film, but really not for kiddos: very suggestive sex scene (lots more than just kissing, even though there's little nudity), loads of violence, mature plot lines. Fairy tale-like aspects and flying are cool for kids, but entire package is not kid- friendly, especially for those who don't play video games and/or watch explicit tv shows.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (17 ):

This film -- the story of two sets of star-crossed lovers who face enormous obstacles, both within themselves and imposed by the outside world -- is passionately romantic. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a thrilling adventure saga that dazzles with breathtaking landscapes, gorgeous costumes, and a magnificent score with music played by Yo-Yo Ma. It also has, unquestionably, some of the most brilliantly staged fight scenes shot on camera. Staged by Yuen Wo-Ping (of The Matrix), the duels are mesmerizingly graceful and more eloquent than dialogue.

The story in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is told with great subtlety and power, giving the film a mythical or dreamlike quality. Going beyond what most expect from wuxia, it delivers plenty of emotion and heartbreaking intimacy on top of the action and spectacle. This is thanks to the nuance and visual splendor director Ang Lee creates and to the strength of acting by some of East Asia's biggest stars.

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