Parent reviews for Shakespeare in Love

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Common Sense says

age 16+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 19 reviews

age 16+

Fast forward through sex scenes and enjoy with your tweens!

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age 17+

unfortunately, because of the nudity, I don't recommend this Harvey Weinstein film for most children/teens

This is a great movie, but the nudity is the real spoiler. Watch the movie first before you let your children watch it. (And remember, the whole time that you are watching this movie, that Harvey Weinstein won an Academy Award as producer because of this picture. No doubt he had a hand in promoting the unnecessary nudity.)

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Too much sex
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age 13+

Shakespeare in Love

Excellent for the context in Shakespearean times. One scene with nudity that can be handled with maturity in over 13+ age range. Mild by modern standards, this is a classic with lots of historical contexts put into a humorous and jolly romp that is worthy of the Shakespeares plays at the popup Globe. Would highly recommend.
age 18+

Shakespeare in love

This was fun but the sex scenes were rediculous and not necessary. That ruined the movie for me. It should be a classy fun family movie but spoiled it with the sex scenes.

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Too much sex
age 18+

If you watch this with teens or kids, then brace yourself for an awkward viewing experience

Here are some positives: the Shakespearean dialogues were surprisingly entertaining, and the actors had excellent deliveries. The production design, including makeup, costuming, and the setting of the time, really is gorgeous. The story was entertaining, though the most problematic element of the film, the development of the love story, is where parents need to be warned. Will falls in love with Viola because of her impressive audition for a play, and within just weeks, maybe days, they spend a lot of time in the bedroom. Their sex scenes are erotic, and some include images of upper female nudity. But that's not all: when they first kiss, she's disguised as a man, and there's one scene where she is practicing the play disguised as a man and kisses Will. If and when younger audiences see these scenes and think about them in front of parents or other adults, they are more than likely going to have an awkward sitting for the rest of the film. Other scenes of concern include another couple having sex (with partial nudity), sexual references, a few scenes with drinking, an implied murder, a man whose feet are held over fire, and some sword menace. Overall though, I think this is a good movie; I just wouldn't watch it with teens or kids. 7.8/10

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age 13+

Intelligently sexy and romantic

There is a LOT of sex in this movie, yet it distinguishes between mechanical coupling and the tender passionate lovemaking between Joseph Fiennes' Shakespeare and Gwyneth Paltrow as his high-born love. A rousing supporting cast, (Imelda Staunton, Judy Dench, Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Geoffrey Rush, and inexplicably, Ben Affleck) round out this heartfelt depiction of how love and poetry can touch even the hardest, most cynical heart.

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age 14+

Shakespeare in love is a great film

this history of William Shakespear while he writes the Romeo and Juliet story shows a woman being strong and acting mature and favorable by the audience

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not rated for age