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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.

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common sense

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

An empty movie with a message that delivers with nothing backing it up except for one shocking scene. However, the action scenes in this movie are top-notch.

- fb1463751009, Saturday, March 10, 2012

2 stars

This movie was just average up until the last ten seconds when they played the "we're terrorists to them so they're terrorists to us" card.

- fb7018436, Friday, January 6, 2012

3 stars

Peter Berg's The Kingdom is one of the most intense action films dealing with terrorism. Berg has got a terrific cast at his disposal and he delivers a film with flair and intrigue. The Kingdom is not a perfect film, but it does manage to be quite entertaining. The cast are good considering,. And I loved Chris Cooper (who is one of my favorite actors) in this film. Peter Berg has a tense, thrilling film that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Everyone in this film delivered good performances, and it was a very well made film. The plot was interesting and what was interesting about the plot, is that in some areas, especially the ending, it showed the thoughts of sides, the point of view of the American, and the point of view of the Arab extremists. There are also some good dramatic elements thrown into the story to make the film feel more realistic. I thought that this was one of the better films directed by Peter Berg. The Kingdom is a wonderful action film with touches of drama. The film is enthralling and intense. The attack at the start of the film is chilling and definitely makes you feel uneasy. For what it is, The Kingdom is a well plotted film that delivers a good story with good acting. This is a film that will definitely appeal to action fans everywhere, and is very different from most action film. A must see.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, September 18, 2011