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Parents' Guide to

Enter the Dragon

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Legendary Bruce Lee film has violence, nudity, and sexism.

Movie R 1973 98 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Arguably the first US action flick

A film of those at the top of their game: Bruce Lee, Jim Kelly and John Saxon. A story that now feels predictable but only because it is the story that has been copied and re-copied over and over again by every one else. Hearing Lee speak in his own un-dubbed voice and performing at the height of his martial arts prowess is a delight. He is like water and encourages the audiences to be malleable with him. We accept and cheer for a Chinese hero and we also get to enjoy the beginnings of the Blaxploitation movement. Bruce Lee offers a film that continues to be relevant in its martial arts prowess even in the face of Wuxia and CGI, we all still want to be like Lee.
age 15+

15 and up.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
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The plot reads like a James Bond knockoff (except Lee isn't allowed to show any interest in romance), and character development is slight at best. But Lee's wiry physique, strong presence, and explosive fighting skills have ensured ENTER THE DRAGON a solid place in the hearts of action fans of all ages, and Lee's long, final duel with Han is iconic.

Even with its schlocky elements that recall a mix of Shaw Brothers productions and blaxploitation, there's something so straightforward about how Enter the Dragon delivers the goods that it readily earned respect from critics around the globe, even those who previously wrote off martial arts movies as low-hanging genre flicks. Sadly, we'll never know the full extent of what Lee's body of work could have become, had he survived past Enter the Dragon to make more, perhaps even better, movies.

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