Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Epic King Arthur saga with illicit affairs and brutality.

R 1981 143 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 16+

Explicit, violent, visually stunning film

Parents should know that one of the early scenes in this movie is a violent rape. There is a great deal of violence and gore. There are appealing characters in this film, but no role models — Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot are all famously unsympathetic, and their selfishness undoes Camelot. Merlin and Morgan are the most watchable characters in the story, but Morgan is evil and Merlin is ultimately ineffectual. It is a visually impressive and interesting film, but not for kids.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 14+

Excellent Arthurian version, but full of violence and sex

The Arthurian legend is packed with violence and peppered with sex, and this film skimps on neither. Still, there is really only one scene that is completely inappropriate for older pre-teens: a sex scene, very early on, that's pretty much rape. Makes perfect sense in the story, but it is definitely too intense for under-13. If you can fast forward past that, there's just some discreetly obscured nudity and implied coupling. However, there is still lots of bloodly, limb-hacking combat. Again, it fits the story and subject matter perfectly -- and it's light-years from the gratuitous sadism of moden horror movies -- but it's unflinchingly realistic, so be warned. This is, by far, the best version of the Arthurian legend ever put on film, but it is meant for adults. Mature mid-teens, maybe, but I'd go no younger.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

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