Parents' Guide to

Assassin's Creed

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Confusing, boring, violent video game-based movie.

Movie PG-13 2016 140 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 31 parent reviews

age 9+

Really good movie, highly underrated

This is a great movie, and compared to the games, very subtle. There is quite a lot of slitting necks though, in one seen the main character says f**k and in the beginning he tries a dangerous stunt and very quietly says s**t. You also see the boys mom in a very small blood puddle.
age 13+

Good adaptation of the video game

The movie is better than most of the video game adaptation genres. The movie might seem senseless to viewers who are not familiar with the story line, but do give it a go. The movie has several subtle clues hidden in the movie. Apart from the storyline, the character development is also quite good, showing how a completely rogue assassin through the course of the simulation understands the essence of being an assassin. It also shows the significance of the existence of both the sides (assassins and templars). Although the story could have been better portrayed, but trying to cram a video game adaptation in a movie was ambitious.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (31 ):
Kids say (36 ):

Despite a high-class cast, this fantasy-battle movie -- based on a video game series -- is disorienting, makes very little sense, and, worst of all, is a terrible, humorless bore. Director Justin Kurzel and stars Fassbender and Cotillard previously worked together on a faithful version of Macbeth. It's a puzzle as to how they went from highbrow (reciting classic verse) to the extremely lowbrow (Fassbinder fighting shirtless while Cotillard gapes at him from the sidelines) with the barely coherent Assassin's Creed.

Perhaps fans of the video game will understand, but in the movie, the concepts of the Apple of Eden and its hiding place make very little sense. The characters don't seem to have much reason to even be here. In the supporting cast, stellar actors like Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Khalid Abdalla project great gravity and seriousness while becoming lost in a swamp of gray, sludgy, ugly cinematography and choppy editing.

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