Parents' Guide to

Napoleon

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Historical epic has nonstop, gory battlefield violence.

Movie R 2023 158 minutes
Napoleon movie poster: Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon Bonaparte sits slumped on a chair facing the camera.

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 18+

Unnecessary sex and nudity scenes. Not something we could/should watch with younger teenagers, definitely 18+ age restrictions. Violence is was a bit extreme, but tolerable.
age 18+

wouldn’t recommend

My husband and I watched this first, and I am so happy we did. we ended up getting a refund from Apple. The sex scenes were over the top and unnecessary. The plot was all over the place, the American accent from Joaquin was laughable. Save your money , I would not recommend this to children!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (12 ):

This epic historical biopic about one of history's most powerful figures can be greatly appreciated, but only really on a surface level. It showcases the extraordinary directing skills of filmmaker Ridley Scott; there are not many, if any, who could bring the life of Napoleon to screen in quite this way. Where the film excels is on the battlefield. The battle scenes -- which, unsurprisingly, take up a fair amount of the runtime -- are grand, monumental, and strikingly immersive. Beautifully shot, the sharp choreography contrasts so well with the violent brutality on display. However, where the film falters is with its "biopic" aspects. Despite the fact that he's in almost every scene, the film barely gets beneath the surface of Napoleon the man. Perhaps this is the point, that here is a man so complex that it's almost impossible to fully understand him. But at nearly three hours long, audiences may expect to come away with a better understanding of what made him tick. On a more positive note, the film is funny, very funny at times. Which is surprising, but by no means a bad thing, considering all the blood and death.

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