Box art for Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure

In the spirit of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films transport you to the mystical lands of Persia for this wildly entertaining, epic action-adventure.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
3 out of 5

Tepid video-game fantasy flick tame enough for young teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fantasy adventure -- based on a popular, teen-rated video game -- is high on action, but relatively low on anything else potentially objectionable for young teens (though, like many big action movies, the marketing targets kids too young for this kind of action). The sexuality is limited to some obvious flirting (longing gazes and occasional chaste touching) and a couple of kisses, and strong language is virtually non-existent. Violence, however, is prevalent throughout the movie, with the protagonist constantly on the run, being chased, and having to dodge arrows, blades, flames, and snakes. Despite the amount of violence, it's still not as gory or bloody as comparable movies. Ultimately, the message of family and honor is a valuable one, and the lovely princess isn't just a damsel in distress.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's message about family bonds and being a person of honor above all else. How did Dastan act honorably? What sacrifices was he willing to make to save Persia? Who in real life do you consider to be people of honor?
  • How does the movie compare to the video game? Are the same themes and quests involved? Do you think the movie is a giant advertisement for the video game, or does it stand on its own?
  • Princess Tamina is sometimes in need of rescuing, but is other times quite capable of defending herself, fighting villains. Which "version" of Tamina do you prefer? What do you think about her arranged marriage to Dastan?
  • Some critics have said it's wrong for white actors to play the main characters, who were clearly supposed to be Persian. What do you make of this?
  • The film's marketing and toy-tie ins are aimed at kids who are too young for the movie. How does this impact parents who think the movie is too mature for their kid?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: What's missing in Prince of Persia is a sense that all the running, jumping, climbing and fighting is leading to something. The best video games challenge you to reach the next level. Prince of Persia is content to skim the surface.

- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Thursday, May 27, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Fairplay to them, they are making some tripe nowadays. Could've and should've been so much better. Aren't those hungarian defenders?

- stuartb1234, Thursday, October 14, 2010

4 stars

A spectacular roller coaster ride of an adventure that you have to see to believe. An outstanding, breathtaking and exhilarating action-packed extravaganza that will keep your eyes glued to the screen. It's loaded with amazing special effects and incredible action sequences that include death-defying escapes, blistering sword-fights and dazzling chases. This is one unforgettably fun movie from start to finish and leave you wanting more even at the end credits. It's the best action-adventure epic since Pirates Of The Caribbean. It's smart, funny, thrilling and adrenaline-pumping all the way through. Director, Mike Newell crafts a wonderfully entertaining and fun adventure that is hard to resist. Jake Gyllenhall is stunning, showing charm, humor, charisma and fierce dedication to his action hero lead. Alfred Molina is wonderful. Ben Kingsley is terrific.

- allan913, Saturday, October 9, 2010

4 stars

Prince of Persia is a very good action movie with beautifully rich and out of this world costumes and scenes, with attention to making it a little more interesting by dipping away from the usual. There are some good scenes, and not as good as Pirates of the Caribbean as pirates are way cooler, and as it is made by Disney I found myself after an hour actually realising this was just the same story from Alladin. Plus there were no, or very little, real persians which was a tragic shame to the authenticity, but still its a film based on a video game, you cant get much authentic than that. :)

- rezpatriot, Thursday, October 7, 2010