Parents' Guide to

The Man in the Iron Mask

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Slow-moving swashbuckler is better for teens and up.

Movie PG-13 1998 132 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 14+

Didn’t get past the first 2 mins not suitable for kids

The opening lines of this film are about sucking on a ladies nipple. How it’s a 12 based on that alone I will never know. Just warning others.

This title has:

Too much sex
2 people found this helpful.
age 15+

A little more innuendo than expected

It is a good movie with drama, action and a great storyline. However, I was not expecting so many sex scenes or sexual innuendo. The king is openly having “mistresses” and shown in bed with one. He also seduces a woman and takes her to bed. It does show more than I was comfortable with for my 13-year-old. Later in the movie, one of the musketeers is scene in a threesome rolling in the hay and he’s naked. In the end, it is discovered that the queen was having an affair that resulted in children, passed off as her husband’s own. Too many sexual themes for our household at this age.

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (12 ):

It's great fun to see the aging Musketeers in action, and actors Irons, Depardieu, and Malkovich share a wonderful chemistry. But the movie never really focuses on them, and despite their strong charisma, they mostly emerge as supporting characters. The main draw is Leonardo DiCaprio, playing dual roles in his first film after Titanic.

Unfortunately, the younger viewers who want to see him will be disappointed by the movie's slow pace. Director Randall Wallace made his directorial debut here after writing Braveheart, and -- as with all of his other films (We Were Soldiers) -- THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK has a sense of dutiful propriety; it's like Wallace doesn't know how to have fun. The Man in the Iron Mask needed more of a jaunty twinkle, more wolfish grins, less thinking and more doing.

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