Parents' Guide to

Robin Hood

By Rafael Munsi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Clever animated take on the folktale has some violence.

Movie G 1973 93 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 30 parent reviews

age 5+

Ustinov saves this film

A film that we almost turned off. The first part of the film uses tired stereotypes on gender performance and borderline racism towards Roma people, without ever calling them out by name. The film does get better and Ustinov is a delight savoring his scenes. He certainly seems to be having a lot of fun and you relish it along with him. The film's emphasis on taxes and how they offer an unfair burden on the poor while the rich benefit feels like it is a story that could not be made today, because it would be considered too political. The anthropomorphism is intense throughout the film, but you definitely get sucked in by the film's end. I would have given the film two stars if it wasn't for Ustinov, he really is THAT good.
age 9+

Bows & Arrows, Axes, Shackles, Nooses

I disagree with the description of this film as "cuddly," and am astonished it is listed here as a movie to watch with "your sensitive kid." It's basically fighting with weapons (archery, axes, etc.) from start to finish, with favorite characters being shackled and imprisoned, a suspenseful sequence where the hangman is preparing the noose for Robin Hood, etc. We totally regretted choosing this film.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (30 ):
Kids say (27 ):

Walt Disney's clever adaptation is entertaining and skillfully animated. Kids will enjoy the melodrama and action, as well as musical interludes in a folksong style. Peter Ustinov lends his vocal talent to Prince John, creating a delightfully nefarious screen villain. Prince John is the pinnacle of poor character: vain, greedy, gullible, and temperamental with a habit for thumb sucking.

As Disney character animation delights, folk songs add a light-hearted flair. One song, "Love," received an Oscar nomination. As an introduction to swashbuckling comic adventure, this Robin Hood is good fun all around. Just be aware that it's more violent than you might remember from your childhood.

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