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The Kingdom

action & adventure, drama

Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner ignite the screen in this high-octane action thriller about a team of elite FBI agents sent to Saudi Arabia to find a killer before he strikes again.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
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3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Intense, bloody look at Mid East violence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this intense, bloody movie isn't for kids. There are explosions, shootings, hand-to-hand combat, torture, kidnapping, a careening car chase, explicit shots of bloody bodies and body parts, and more. The overall plot and themes are also mature -- terrorism, graphic crime investigation, children at risk and killed, etc. -- and the camerawork is especially chaotic (some viewers may be bothered by its pretty much nonstop movement). Language includes multiple uses of "f--k" (which offends the Saudi police chief) and other profanity.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how violence is portrayed in this movie. Is it realistic or gratuitous? What message is the movie sending about the cycle of violence in the Middle East? Who "wins" in this movie? Families can also discuss how the U.S. FBI team members react to their new environment in Saudi Arabia. Are they respectful or arrogant? How do they get what they want, even when they're supposed to obey local restrictions?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 30
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: I]t fails in its attempt to be a serious drama with important things to say about the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.

- Alonso Duralde, MSNBC, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Of this fall's post-9/11, Iraq-conscious lineup, The Kingdom may be the most unobjectionable, accessible and, ultimately, most entertaining.

- Brandon Fibbs, Colorado Springs Gazette, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: The movie pretends to be a dramatic exploration of the gulf of mutual suspicion that has grown from the oil alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia. In the most superficial way imaginable, it does that.

- Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Friday, September 28, 2007

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A Great action movie thriller. The ending is so true . . if you dont get it than maybe you missed the point of the movie.

- jmanard52, Sunday, March 2, 2008

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

3 stars

I was just really unimpressed with this, there wasn't anything for me to really find intriguing. Nothing was really above average, even the plot was just dull. It looks very much like a Michael Mann film, maybe if he just would've directed it then it could've gone somewhere.

- ythelastman89, Monday, January 25, 2010