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By Tony Nigro, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

A kid-friendly fantasy adventure.

Movie PG-13 1996 103 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 12+

Decent show, clean by modern standards, who doesn't love Sean Connery?

Overall good show. Violent, but very little blood, compared to current (2018) movies. A bit dated, my kid will probably mock some of it. Obnoxious acting in some spots, not the best movie you'll see, but I have a pre-teen boy who is desperate to find new movies, so I'm recycling some of the older ones, and I want him to have less time with superheroes flying around and more time with dragons and swords. Here's hoping this will inspire more D&D in our lives =) Some thoughts [SPOILER ALERT - mild spoilers here, sorry if I ruin a 1996 film for you 22 years later] One scene the king is fighting with a young woman, and ends up on top of her in a suggestive position, fully clothed. Not bad, but I wish it wasn't included. (45 minutes into the film) One scene where a man kills his own mother off-screen. Not overly dramatic, the movie makes it seem like no big deal… but be aware, it's pretty dark if kids figure out what is implied. Men depicted dying in hand-to-hand combat, not overly graphic, but some up close and personal. Worth being aware. For context, I'm VERY conservative when it comes to movies for my kids (currently 12 and under), so take that into account if you're using my review to make a decision. I allow very little suggestive content, I believe modern entertainment does young men a huge disservice. Most parents would probably roll their eyes at my opinions on movies… and I'm cool with that. Now you know so you can make an informed decision for your youngsters. Take good care, the information you allow into their brain at a young age will shape their thinking for decades to come.
age 11+

Good for families, and kids alike.

Dragonheart is a bit dated, though it is very well made and acted. Dennis Quaid is probably my favorite part, along with Sean Connery as Draco. This film has one quick kissing scene where King Einon undesirably kisses Kara and she pushes him away. This scene is in no way explicit. There is also frequent medieval fantasy action, violence, sword fighting, arrows shot, etc. There's only a little blood when people are stabbed/impaled, and also the dragon slaying, though most of it is off screen. In the end, this film is definitely okay for kids 11+ and families.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (6 ):

The fantasy world of Dragonheart has less depth than those of Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, but it still remains an enchanting place where dragons roam and knights follow codes of chivalry. The movie addresses issues of social responsibility and as in all good fairy tales, characters must come to terms with their decisions -- for better or for worse.

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