Parents' Guide to

Tristan & Isolde

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

The legend of young love going wrong, again.

Movie PG-13 2006 125 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

definitely not for younger kids, but amazing movie!!

romantic action/drama film that includes some intensity. Be aware, there are multiple graphic war/fighting scenes i.e. hanging, and using sword to cut a head cleanly off that WILL be disturbing to younger audiences. however, the fighting scenes are balanced out. there are a handful of sexual scenes, but nothing too bad or graphic, and in my opinion, definitely worth watching the film. the story is very redemptive, although it does not have a happily ever after ending. Tristan and Isolde right their wrongs as best they can, which I think adds great messages and relatability to the film. reminds me of the movie Far and Away (Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman) in terms of storyline somewhat (young lovers, fear of death scenes), and violence and sexuality. not much more intense than that.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 12+


PG-13 for imagery of violence and terror and medieval discussions and crude profanity and sexuality+language.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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

Focused on loyal knights and proud royals, forbidden passions and tragic fates, TRISTAN & ISOLDE is a disappointingly wan romance. The film shows their love as a series of soft-focus embraces and seductive glances across crowded rooms, like they're teenagers on The O.C. Such soapy structure and conflicting allegiances only make the medieval setting gloomier.

Franco suffers exceedingly: another pretty young actor who has appeared in several films and hasn't yet found a defining role, he's hardly helped by the lack of voltage with Myles. If Tristan is inexplicably addicted to the girl, the effects of his desire are conveniently lacking when he's called on to swash and buckle in defense of Marke. And then, well, it's back to swooning, his dark eyes timeworn emblems of adolescent love gone wrong.

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