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Lord of War

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Ambitious but uneven; way too violent for kids.

Movie R 2005 122 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+
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Hard R for graphic sex throughout and Gory violence

Women are naked though out with seduction and sex scenes. The violence and sex make this movie a strong R.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Ambitious, uneven, and occasionally philosophical, LORD OF WAR ultimately argues against war and violence. While this is hardly a new idea, it's rare to find a movie so determined to make its case -- sometimes too heavy-handedly, though always earnestly. This despite the fact that Andrew Niccol's movie is something of a comedy, in that it frames its subjects -- violence, militarism, cutthroat business practices, avarice, depression, and addiction -- with dark irony.

Less effectively, the film sets Yuri against an Interpol Agent (Ethan Hawke), who embodies a legal system that has little to say about international gun-running. While Yuri plainly gets off on risk, he's also broadly representative of cavalier attitudes toward risk concerning vulnerable individuals and communities. As he resists considering moral or cultural dimensions when making sales, he becomes a drug addict. Though the film is not subtle, it does make its case: taking sides is inevitable.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 16, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: January 17, 2006
  • Cast: Bridget Moynahan , Jared Leto , Nicolas Cage
  • Director: Andrew Niccol
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 122 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong violence, drug use, language and sexuality
  • Last updated: September 21, 2023

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