Parents' Guide to


By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sober historical drama tells valuable tale with some death.

Movie PG-13 2004 124 minutes
Luther Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Good Movie!

A great movie, showing how in the early 16th century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the Roman Catholic church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation. The movie although represents a lot of violence (including people getting hanged, burned or decapitated) it is still a very touching movie.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

Entertaining and informative

This is a great movie and can be used to teach your kids about the Protestant reformation. There might be two curse words, some mild violence, and there is one scene where Luther is fully clothed in bed kissing his fully clothed wife, obviously it doesn't go beyond that. If your kids can handle those themes, I would recommend this informative movie

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

Luther, the historical figure, was incredibly strong to stand up the church, even upon pain of death; Luther, the biopic, however, is less vivid and compelling. The film does a good job of explaining how his views evolved, but it feels less like a drama and more like a history lesson.

Fiennes is a fine actor who captures his character's conflicts. But the script is more like a series of vignettes -- each episode focused on an important event in Luther's life -- that don't hold together as a connected tale. It's preachy rather than exciting, and feels like a movie someone might watch for school, rather than a title to sink into for entertainment.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate