2011 R 2h 3m Blu-ray / DVD

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2011 R 2h 3m Blu-ray / DVD
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Actor Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut with this modern update of Shakespeare's tale about the arrogant general who is banished by the republic he protected at all costs, provoking him to align with former foes and wreak bloody revenge.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Gerard Butler
  • Brian Cox
  • Vanessa Redgrave
  • Jessica Chastain
  • James Nesbitt
  • Paul Jesson
  • Lubna Azabal
  • Ashraf Barhom
  • Dragan Mieanovie
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that while it might be tempting to introduce teens to Shakespeare with this movie -- Coriolanus is adapted from one of The Bard's lesser-known plays -- the movie's somewhat modern wartime setting means that there's lots of strong, bloody violence, including guns and shootings, knife fights, hand-to-hand fights, and dead bodies. One character commits suicide by slitting a wrist. In fact, it's probably the most violent Shakespeare movie adaptation since Roman Polanski's 1971 Macbeth, and the handheld camerawork only adds to the general chaos and unease. Characters are also sometimes seen drinking and smoking in a background way. All of that said, this is a powerful work with great performances, and it could turn on older teens who can handle the content to the rest of Shakespeare's work.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


The story is set during a modern-style war, with lots of violence and blood. There's a gunshot through the head, guns and shooting, knife fighting, and hand-to-hand fighting. There's also an angry mob, rioting, beatings, bombs, and explosions. Viewers see bloody faces and dead bodies, including women and children. A boy is shown holding a gun. A character commits suicide by slicing his wrist.


Even though the language is all Shakespeare, during a battle sequence, a soldier can be heard saying something that sounds like "f--k me!"

Social Behavior

Teens could get a dose of Shakespearian culture with this movie, but the general themes are anger, suffering, power, and revenge.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters are seen drinking socially and smoking in a background way. In one scene, soldiers party and drink beer, wine, and other liquor.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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