Box art for The Tempest

The Tempest

  • Rated PG13

sci-fi & fantasy


This modern retelling of William Shakespeare's final masterpiece is an exciting, mystical, and magical fantasy with Academy Award winner Helen Mirren (Best Actress, The Queen, 2006) leading a star-studded cast.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    30%
  • Audience Score
    27%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Flashy, uneven Shakespeare movie has some scary stuff.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sometimes-scary adaptation of one of Shakespeare's final plays is all about revenge. The central character, Prospero, has been changed to a woman (Prospera); she's powerful, though not exactly a positive role model, given that she's the one consumed by vengeance. Two of the male characters are seen in skimpy costumes and/or semi-nude, and there are some frightening fantasy images and threats of violence. One character is portrayed as a comical drunk who uses alcohol to influence another character's will. Teens who enjoy Shakespeare may find it an accessible adaptation, but kids who aren't fans of the Bard likely won't be interested.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the use of alcohol in this story. Is it funny? Should it be? What messages does the movie send about drinking and alcohol?
  • Are there any admirable characters in this story? Is there anyone who isn't acting selfishly? Why is a play about such flawed characters considered a classic?
  • Did you find the movie violent? If so, how did this violence come across?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    30%
    reviews counted: 20
    see all The Tempest reviews
  • Audience

    27%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The costumes designed by Sandy Powell - leather gowns and military uniforms, Renaissance in silhouette and detailed with zippers - are the film's most arresting element.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, December 17, 2010

Fresh: You expect Nicolas Cage to pop up from behind a sand dune on a Harley brandishing a rocket launcher.

- Cath Clarke, Time Out, Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rotten: The effects are dazzling, the cast is stellar, the play is timeless, the movie is wretched.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, December 16, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

This one is hard to keep up with because of languaged used, old english. Has a good plot. 3 stars

- bbcfloridabound, Monday, October 1, 2012

3 stars

This one is hard to keep up with because of languaged used, old english. Has a good plot. 3 stars

- bbcfloridabound, Monday, October 1, 2012

3 stars

This one is hard to keep up with because of languaged used, old english. Has a good plot. 3 stars

- bbcfloridabound, Monday, October 1, 2012