Parents' Guide to

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

By Sarah Orrick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Classic tale has surprising amount of violence, bloodshed.

Movie PG-13 1991 143 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 16+

Netflix rating can't be right!

I loved this film growing up! No idea how old I was when I was allowed to watch it though and certainly I must have been at least high school age. I would really hate for my daughter to learn about rape, assault and torture at the age of 13 through these visuals, so Netflix, your rating of 13+ can't be right! There are some really sensitive and shocking parts that I forgot about before screening this for my older girl! Thank heavens I did! It's mature, too mature for 13 year olds ...
age 14+

Um ... just really weird

I was pretty much trying not to laugh the whole time. It's hilariously cheesy and ridiculous, and it makes me wonder how it was ever a blockbuster. "THAT'S MY WIFE, YOU CRONE!" I mean, talk about LOL...

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (22 ):

Although this version of the legend reveals more of Robin Hood's backstory, it tries to incorporate something for everyone and is too violent for kids. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves relies on the familiarity of the plot to build extraneous plot twists, upon which most of the suspense lies. Viewers will be asking, "When will (x) happen?" as opposed to, "What will happen next?" Teens who aren't bothered by this will love the courageous actions of Robin Hood and his Merry Men and the exciting battle sequences.

Parents will secretly root for Alan Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham, who sparkles in contrast to Costner's dull Robin Hood. Costner merely floats along, leaving any sense of urgency or drama to the Merry Men, villagers, and the exciting visual effects. Sadly, although Marian first appears a strong, independent, brave young woman, by the end of the film she has relapsed into the stereotypical damsel in distress. The film wobbles between stilted, "medieval-like" dialogue and American accents from the majority of the main characters, an issue compounded by historical errors throughout the film.

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