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The Mask Of Zorro

action & adventure, romance, westerns


A sweeping tale of love and honor, tragedy and triumph set against the Spanish conquest of Mexico, THE MASK OF ZORRO stars Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    83%
  • Audience Score
    72%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Competently made action-adventure epic.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is an action epic, featuring mostly sword fighting and some significantly intense moments of violence and (cartoonish) gore. The film is not suitable for any child who is easily upset by intense action or simulated gore. Teenagers are its target audience, but not much in the film would bother younger children that are used to Hollywood action clichs.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the role adults have in training their children as future citizens. As with most action movies, the ambiguous morality of revenge is the film's central concern. Is it right for both Zorros to devote their lives to violence to avenge the wrongful deaths of their loved ones? When does justice become vigilantism? What is the proper role of individuals in righting clear social wrongs that are depicted in the film?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    83%
    reviews counted: 7
    see all The Mask Of Zorro reviews
  • Audience

    72%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fresh: Not so much a blood-pounding swashbuckling adventure as it is a comfortable old friend--the kind of movie your grandfather might have seen at a Saturday matinee.

- Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid, Sunday, February 7, 2010

Rotten:

- Leonard Schwarz, Palo Alto Weekly, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Don Diego de la Vega: Do you know how to use that thing? Alejandro Murrieta: Yes. The pointy end goes into the other man. A nice tribute to old Swashbuckling movies as well as the folk hero Zorro, who was never real by the way. The film is pretty much perfectly cast. It's a little long, but all very exciting. Shot from wide a distance, opposed to today's generation of quick cuts, so you see all the grand swordplay and other stunts. A fun, enjoyable movie. Anthony Hopkins as a Mexican, nice. He stars as the older Zorro, who is unfortunately imprisoned and has his daughter taken away from him. Years later he escapes, with revenge in mind. Antonio Banderas was pretty much born to be Zorro. He has all the looks, energy, and charisma to play this Mexican vigilante. And Catherine Zeta-Jones is ridiculously good looking here, as the grown up daughter of old school Zorro. It's a well told story with a lot of fun, action, and humor, not to mention a great sweeping score by James Horner. Director Martin Campbell, writers Ted and Terry Rossio (who would go on to write the Pirates movies), with the help of Steven Speilberg, has crafted one of the more enjoyable swashbucklers in years. Don Rafael Montero: Do you recognize him? Elena: No, but he was young and vigorous. pause] Elena: He was very vigorous, father.

- DrZeek, Wednesday, March 12, 2008

3 stars

Suprisingly good.

- Chiefilms, Monday, March 3, 2008

3 stars

Fun mexie movie

- puffchunk, Wednesday, January 23, 2008