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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Messy, dated romantic fantasy is dull and violent.

Movie PG-13 1985 124 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 9+

A fun 80s fantasy romance

Surprised at the negative review, maybe the reviewer was a bit grumpy that day. My siblings and I watched this movie over and over. A neat story, a really good bad guy, amusing Matthew Broderick, and Michelle Pfeiffer at her most beautiful. Rutger Hauer is appropriately brooding. The early scenes with the wolf are a bit scary, but overall fairly bloodless.
age 9+

Still a fun watch

I'm really confused by the Commonsense review on this one. I loved this movie as a kid but actually resisted showing it to my own because of this review and thinking maybe I misremembered it. Finally did tonight, and he enjoyed it a lot. Sure, some of the cinematography is dated, and the music is SO 80s, but the plot is still engrossing and touching, the violence is pretty minimal without being infantalizing, the jokes are funny, and if it won't become a household favorite these days it still makes for a nice family movie night with slightly older kids.

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This overblown, overlong, overacted romantic fantasy is dull and devoid of both wit and good taste. Rock music more suited to an episode of Miami Vice competes with lute melodies without any good reason. In one inexplicable sequence, we view the hawk flying in slow motion to an accompanying heavy rock beat. The characters bear French names, but the accents range from Brooklynese (Broderick says, "I gotta be outta my mind"), faintly Dutch (Hauer), and Californian (Pfeiffer) to legitimately Shakespearean (Wood and McKern). Broderick plays the role with the same ironic detachment as he played Ferris Bueller, a modernity utterly out of place in a tale set during the Middle Ages.

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