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Troy

action & adventure, drama


Brad Pitt picks up a sword and brings a muscular, brooding presence to the role of Greek warrior Achilles in this spectacular retelling of The Iliad.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    54%
  • Audience Score
    74%
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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Violent, watered-down version of The Iliad.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know the movie has almost-constant battle violence with graphic and brutal injuries. The weapons include knives, swords, spears, arrows, and fire. Many characters are killed. The movie also has sexual references and situations and brief nudity. A virgin priestess is made available to the soldiers for rape as part of the spoils of war, but this is unacceptable to one of the warriors.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how this story has continued to be vital and meaningful for generations throughout the centuries. Which elements of the story are relevant to contemporary conflicts? The treatment of prisoners? The role of advisors?
  • Achilles was given the choice between a happy life and eternal fame. Why did he decide in favor of glory? What did he mean by saying that the gods envy us because we are mortal?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    54%
    reviews counted: 21
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  • Audience

    74%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Harsh, serious, and both exhilarating and tragic, the right tonal combination for Homer.

- David Denby, New Yorker, Sunday, August 1, 2004

Rotten: Often plays like what it is: a clunky toga-and-sandals picture, with Hollywood compromises abounding.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Friday, May 14, 2004

Fresh: In a role that requires larger-than-life dimensions, Pitt's] pretty terrific.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Friday, May 14, 2004