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

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Dragon slaying and medieval sword fighting.

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
Adult Written byMommyofOne1231 November 27, 2018

Bad acting fine story

The story is ok. Terrible acting and the story isn’t great. Fine for kids EXCEPT I’m not ok with CS saying there’s no sex, etc. In one scene the king is in the... Continue reading
Adult Written byUgzilla September 21, 2018

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... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byBad Boys for Life March 16, 2020

Very violent movie. Recommended for 14+ ages definately.

People get stabbed. Squished and bloody faces. In one scene a guy on a horse Shoots an arrow at an old person and he dies. A woman stabbed a person with a dagge... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byLadyFlameSinger June 23, 2009

Not quite what I was expecting

I watched this movie expecting good things. Huh. Boy was I surprised. The only highlight of this movie was Sean Connery as the voice of Draco, which, I must say... 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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