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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Medieval fantasy series has great female hero, violence.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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age 15+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 17+

Why does Common Sense rate it 13+, but Netflix TV MA

This is rated Mature by netflix for - gore and bloodshed. Not only just killing, but blood splattering and burning people on crosses and a very realistic dead baby...... So sure how their professional reviewer thought itd be good for 13 year olds...

This title has:

Too much violence
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age 15+


Have some kiss scenes

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (9):

By putting a witchy twist on a familiar tale, this sword-and-sorcery drama casts a spell, particularly for viewers enchanted by the notion of an Arthurian tale with a young female protagonist. There have been plenty of movies, series, and even stage productions that have dramatized the ancient legends of the English king and his magical kingdom: 1981's surreal Excalibur, Disney's animated The Sword in the Stone, even Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but they tend to be focused on the legends' male characters: knights in shining armor, enemy combatants, a conflicted king. But Cursed's gender-flipped linchpin is fresh; her story juicy and new. Arthur's kingdom is a treacherous one; with so many forces arrayed against her, Nimue's situation seems impossible. But as the drama begins, Nimue slowly begins to understand her own powers, and then to wield them, a great big delightful bite of wish fulfillment for any viewers who longed for their own hidden magic.

Cursed isn't perfect. The action takes some time to coalesce, and many will be confused at the end of the first episode just where this story is going. The special effects are occasionally not so special, either: Watch for the wolves in the first episode that look like they might be portrayed by hand puppets in some shots. But with her huge eyes and air of solemn gravity, Langford's Nimue is a compelling lead caught in seemingly impossible circumstances, yet able to wiggle out of trouble and forge a path to what she wants in ways both practical and magical. Skarsgard's Merlin, too, is weird and wonderful: shirtless, sleazy, and duplicitous, yet cannily wary of Nimue's presence and powers when other characters discount a "helpless" young girl. Viewers, prepare to be charmed.

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