Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Violent, watered-down version of The Iliad.
  • R
  • 2004
  • 163 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 42 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The movie, which is based on The Illiad, should be about love, honor, betrayal, fate, ambition, and of course, hubris, but it is really more about fighting.

Positive Role Models

Not a lot of positive role models.


Extreme, intense, and graphic battle violence with swords, knives, spears, and fire; many characters brutally killed.


Sexual references and situations including threesome, reference to rape, nudity.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink wine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know the movie has almost-constant battle violence with graphic and brutal injuries. The weapons include knives, swords, spears, arrows, and fire. Many characters are killed. The movie also has sexual references and situations and brief nudity. A virgin priestess is made available to the soldiers for rape as part of the spoils of war, but this is unacceptable to one of the warriors.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written bygerbowski November 27, 2012

Epic movie is entertaining, enough said

First of all, to those who keep complaining about the stuff they left out of "Troy" that was in the Iliad, I have this to say. How many people are re... Continue reading
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byLouisa B December 28, 2010

Perfect for tweens and

I think this is a perfectly appropriate movie for children 10 and up. I think at that age they know what is appropriate for them to see. It is only rated R beca... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byfangningsheng November 3, 2012

Interesting interpretation, but too changed

I watched Troy because we were reading The Iliad in English class, and I wanted to watch a film version. That said, it is quite different from the original stor... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bydavispittman January 16, 2017

A well made version of the Iliad

Parents need to know that Troy (2004) is a very well made movie. Yes, it's R rated, and it contains some strong combat style violence, and some male nudit... Continue reading

What's the story?

Prince Paris (Orlando Bloom), son of King Priam (Peter O'Toole) of Troy, steals the wife of King Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson) of Sparta: Helen (Diane Kruger), the most beautiful woman in the world. Menelaus and his brother, Agamemnon (Brian Cox) take the Greeks (including Brad Pitt as Achilles) to war against Troy, partly because of Helen, but more because it is an excuse to conquer the Trojans.

Is it any good?

Aside from two key scenes centering on Achilles, TROY is uneven and unsatisfying. The dialogue is as inconsistent as the accents, with modern pronouncements like "we need to talk" and "do it!" alternating with ponderous approximations of classical meter. In an attempt to make one of history's greatest epic sagas manageable on screen, the movie tells us both too much and too little about what is going on and keeps reminding us about everyone's passion for a place in history but does not show us enough about who the characters are and why their destinies are so entangled.

The Iliad is a story about love, honor, betrayal, fate, ambition, and of course, hubris -- the adventure of the best warrior there ever was or will be. This movie is the watered-down, greatest hits, Classic Comics version. It's mostly about the fighting. And Achilles doesn't rage so much as pout and glower.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this story has continued to be vital and meaningful for generations throughout the centuries. Which elements of the story are relevant to contemporary conflicts? The treatment of prisoners? The role of advisors?

  • Achilles was given the choice between a happy life and eternal fame. Why did he decide in favor of glory? What did he mean by saying that the gods envy us because we are mortal?

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