Dragonheart

Movie review by
Tony Nigro, Common Sense Media
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A kid-friendly fantasy adventure.
  • PG-13
  • 1996
  • 103 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
Violence

Dragon slaying and medieval sword fighting.

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even children who are usually frightened by movie dragons might not find this dragon scary. The language is palatable for both kids and adults. There are a few action scenes of sword fighting and dragon slaying, yet they relate to the movie's messages about loyalty, duty, and social responsibility.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1, 7, 9, and 11 year old Written byhuttonfamily6 July 21, 2009

Great movie for whole family to watch

We all as a family ejoyed this movie, and my son was able to understand the positive messages, while my daughters enjoyed the magic and fun.
Adult Written byNikon117 July 29, 2009
It is a very good movie for the age of it. i got it for my 9th b day. im 22 and i still love it. it is well made kinda violent. dont even bother seeing the... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byJadenp February 15, 2011
Suggested MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense violence, graphic images, and thematic material.
Kid, 12 years old December 9, 2010

Dragonheart: A tale of bravery, courage, knights, and a priest that can kick behind!

When I first saw this movie, I had only been walking into a room, and it was playing on the TV. Still, when I saw a giant talking dragon fighting a dragon bount... Continue reading

What's the story?

DRAGONHEART is a heartwarming tale that follows the story of Bowen (Dennis Quaid), a once-chivalrous knight who has since strayed from his path to become a for-profit dragon slayer. His greedy nature compels him to slay enough dragons to threaten the existence of the species. Bowen must face the death and destruction he has caused when he meets Draco (voiced by Sean Connery), the last of the dragons. To extend the career of Bowen (now the last of the dragon slayers), the two strike up a shrewd deal to \"act out\" slayings. Eventually their traveling show leads them to a kingdom where Bowen and Draco must face the tyrant King Einon (David Thewlis), with whom they share a history.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about myths and legends, such as the Arthurian legends. They might also discuss the idea of tyranny and a ruler's responsibility to those he rules. Concepts of sacrifice, duty, chivalry, and the threat of endangered species may also be good talking points.

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