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

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

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

It's Spectacular action-packed entertainment. Faster, funnier and more furious than the first. Full-throttle fun from start to finish. Dazzeling, stunning and exhilerating throughout. Romance, hilarious comedy, kinetic thrills and incrediable action make this film pure spun entertainment gold. Antonio Banderas returns in his classic supergero role and never misses a note in his teriffic performance. A wonderful piece of popcorn movie fun.

- allan913, Monday, January 14, 2008

3 stars

eh, if you've seen one Zorro, you've seen them all. Other than looking at a sexy woman swordfighting (or a sexy man I guess), this movie is no great shakes.

- Redlats, Sunday, September 23, 2007

2 stars

Doesn't live up to the first film at all...Maybe they should have waited so long to make this one.

- flutieman07, Tuesday, June 12, 2007