Parents' Guide to

The Lone Ranger

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Occasionally entertaining but overlong and overly violent.

Movie PG-13 2013 149 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 9+

Bit dissapointing, but still pretty solid action.

This is no average Disney movie. It features lots of mildly violent sequences which are racy and quite fun, but for many younger children this violence will be too much for them, and with a long run time they might even get bored. But it does have pretty good acting and some light humour thrown in for good measure as well.
age 13+

Best for 13 and up

I showed this movie to a group of 11 year olds and I wish I had chosen another film. After the kids said "This is really violent.," I started watching. The cast is great, the story is interesting, but there are some very violent scenes. Unfortunately, the movie goes too far with some of the disturbing scenes including a massacre of Native Americans. And, yes they could have made this movie 30 minutes shorter.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (54 ):

The problem with The Lone Ranger is that it's a strange hybrid of politically correct Western and mindless popcorn fodder that somehow manages to take itself far too seriously. On a purely nostalgic level, there's something viscerally entertaining about hearing Rossini's iconic "William Tell Overture" and seeing Depp and Hammer get the bad guys (and laughing as Tonto tells the Lone Ranger never to say "Hi-yo, Silver, away!" again). Full points to Disney and Depp for reimagining Tonto as a sarcastic guide with an emotional backstory and for reaching out to the Native American community to assure them that Tonto wouldn't be reduced to a minstrel act. Depp's Tonto is incredibly clever and wise, albeit seemingly incapable of more than one facial expression.

Of course there's humor and plenty of extravagant set pieces the likes of which only a Depp and Verbinski production financed by Jerry Bruckheimer could afford. But there's also an overly complicated plot line that might confuse tweens (not to mention far more violence -- cannibalism! rape references!) than you'd expect in a movie with LEGO tie-ins) and a rather bland Ranger who's a lot less compelling than his dead brother (Dale deserves a leading role, stat) and, of course, the scenery chewing (and crow-feeding) Tonto. It doesn't seem like the start of a beautiful franchise, but where there's explosions and Johnny Depp in a costume, you never know.

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