Parents' Guide to

The Kingdom

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Intense, bloody look at Mid East violence.

Movie R 2007 110 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Great clean action movie

This is the reality of who and what we are fighting in the middle east. Two out of five stars... come on now. Not only is this a good clean action movie, but it does a good job showing the resolve of our enemies, and thus the resolve with which we must face them. Just because a movie is violent doesn't mean you need to give low ratings
age 16+

Powerful, Violent Mystery-Thriller in Middle East.

This was a very good film. The performances were superb and the direction very well done. It can get confusing at times, but overall, the story seems fairly clear. The action sequences are rough but I have seen much more graphic violence elsewhere.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Equal parts action movie, police procedural, and cross-cultural tolerance lesson, THE KINGDOM boasts charismatic stars and a topical focus. But for all its energy and pyrotechnic brilliance, Peter Berg's new film is strikingly old-fashioned. It didn't have to be this way.

While it's obvious that the team will recover their man, the film underscores his brutal abuse by hooded captors -- just to make sure you know they deserve all bad things coming to them. While the U.S. offensive is supported by the Riyadh police (especially noble Al Ghazi), the focus is on the Americans, who are characterized as fierce, committed, and utterly selfless. Though Ron admits to Al Ghazi that he's aware of his nation's many imperfections, the film seems stuck on this primary points: When push comes to shove, Americans are right.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 27, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: December 26, 2007
  • Cast: Chris Cooper , Jamie Foxx , Jennifer Garner
  • Director: Peter Berg
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors, Female actors
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 110 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: intense sequences of graphic brutal violence, and for language.
  • Last updated: January 6, 2024

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