Box art for The Legend of Zorro

The Legend of Zorro

action & adventure, children & family

Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (BANDERAS) - and his wife, Elena (ZETA-JONES) - to take action.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 9
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Loud sequel to the Mask of Zorro.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie contains lots of outrageous and stunty violence: explosions, shootouts, sword-fighting, horseback riding, leaping from rooftops and atop racing trains. While most is suitably cartoony, there is one bloody murder (by a sinister villain and his gang) of a sympathetic peasant as he tries to defend his home, leaving his tearful wife and an aggrieved Zorro behind. A young boy is threatened and watches villains beat and almost murder his father. This boy also engages in his own antic violence against the bad guys. Characters smoke (cigars) and drink (sometimes to the point of drunkenness).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the costs of keeping secrets from family. How does Joaquin think differently of his father once he knows the truth? How are Elena and Alejandro's lies alike, in that they want to save the country but in the process damage their family?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Campbell's film has moments that capture this sensuality and stealth, but it's noisier and longer than it should be.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, October 28, 2005

Rotten: In this busy sequel to 1998's The Mask of Zorro, Antonio Banderas looks a little older, Catherine Zeta-Jones snares a bigger role, and the powerful charms of both are weighed down by an absurdly plot-heavy script.

- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, Friday, October 28, 2005

Fresh: Zorro is misnamed, since it's less about the legend than what happens when the legend goes home and gets yelled at by his wife.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Friday, October 28, 2005

Audience Reviews

4 stars

4 stars

- YodaMasterJedi, Wednesday, September 8, 2010

3 stars

Certainly a lot better than I remember, but that's mainly due to the fact that Antonio Banderas does such a great job with the character. While this was certainly a lot more kid friendly and less dynamic, it does retain the fun entertainment value. There's just a few too many goofy moments that take away from letting this truly live up to the quality of the first. Luckily, we are introduced to an even more sinister villain in the form of Rufus Sewell. I'm pretty sure he should have a monopoly on evil characters. His utter joy over seeing another fail is like watching a mad scientist at work. Theoretically, this entry should have been more dark, but it just refuses to emerge from its family oriented message. That being said, I still really like it and it fits alright into the overall story. It has its moments of greatness for sure, just not anything close to its predecessor.

- ythelastman89, Friday, May 20, 2011

3 stars

not as good as the first one, whilst zeta-jones is still hot as ever

- TomBowler, Saturday, August 1, 2009