The Legend of Zorro

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Loud sequel to the Mask of Zorro.
  • PG
  • 2005
  • 129 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 10 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Villains are ugly and violent; hero is handsome and violent.


Lots of explosions, swordplay, falling off cliffs or out windows, shooting, several murders committed in cartoonish styles.


Some suggestive imagery (cleavage especially), and some banter.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking at parties and in loneliness, as when Zorro despairs over Elena's rejection and gets drunk. A horse drinks and smokes cigars, too.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie contains lots of outrageous and stunty violence: explosions, shootouts, sword-fighting, horseback riding, leaping from rooftops and atop racing trains. While most is suitably cartoony, there is one bloody murder (by a sinister villain and his gang) of a sympathetic peasant as he tries to defend his home, leaving his tearful wife and an aggrieved Zorro behind. A young boy is threatened and watches villains beat and almost murder his father. This boy also engages in his own antic violence against the bad guys. Characters smoke (cigars) and drink (sometimes to the point of drunkenness).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byvalentinD September 25, 2016

zorro !!!!

the fews intense kiss scenes and violence it's not good for the very youngs childrens, but it's appropriate for the kids tweens.
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byGoodSSJ May 6, 2011

Less Violence Than The Mask Of Zerro But Still Awesome

This Is Still Awesome Even If It Has Less Violence Than The First Movie.
Kid, 10 years old September 12, 2020

great movie

This movie is really great!
if you are sensitive to violence this is not the movie for you,
otherwise this movie is awesome because it has some scary parts, som... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bynanatani August 31, 2014

Great movie, but mask of zorro is better

There is not much swearing at all. It is violent, and fun to watch. If your kid is sensitive to violence, don't let them watch it. If you are sensitive to... Continue reading

What's the story?

Alejandro del la Vega, a.k.a. Zorro (Antonio Banderas), is busy fighting to ensure that votes cast in 1850 San Mateo will be counted toward California's statehood, in turn granting the "poor and desperate" (many Mexican-born) inhabitants access to rights and property. But it appears his wife, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), is tired of being left behind and wants Alejandro to give up his work as Zorro. When he refuses, Elena divorces him, and takes up with the French Count Armand.

Is it any good?

THE LEGEND OF ZORRO is big and loud, mixing extended action sequences with gestures toward family unity. The film lurches from the family trauma to national security anxieties, or, terrorism by way of The Wild Wild West. A nefarious group is working on of a crater-making, nitroglycerine-based weapon in order to control who has access to U.S. statehood, with complications concerning Pinkerton agents and the bad guys' use of Chinese "coolies." That all of this is filtered through Alejandro and Elena's marital discord replicates the parallels between domestic and global politics James Cameron is so fond of excavating, wherein the world's welfare depends on that of the nuclear family unit. You might hope they sort it out this time, and don't have to try again in seven years.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the costs of keeping secrets from family. How does Joaquin think differently of his father once he knows the truth? How are Elena and Alejandro's lies alike, in that they want to save the country but in the process damage their family?

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