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Age by Age Review For: The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger

In Theaters Now
Best For Tweens (10-12)
Rated PG-13
Age-By-Age Guide
Action Adventure
Texas lawyer John Reid (Armie Hammer) teams up with Comanche outcast Tonto (Johnny Depp) to seek justice for the death of his brother.

As a retelling of the classic story, this wild western completely misses the mark and turns into a bigger train wreck than the one featured in the movie. There's way too much death and violence for younger children and, because of the unnecessary two and a half hour running time, older kids will be bored and restless. Viewers who do make it to the end of the movie may find themselves in the same category as John Reid--alone.
Baby (0-2)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Preschool (3-5)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Kids (6-9)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Tweens (10-12)
Maybe There's too much violence (one character doesn't just kill another one; he cuts out his heart and eats it) and suggestiveness (a heaving bosom-ed Helena Bonham Carter plays the madam of a brothel) for most tweens, and the uneven story and pacing aren't likely to keep their attention anyway. Twelve-year-olds may be interested in the politically incorrect depictions of Native Americans as "Injuns" and "savages," but because the movie goes back and forth between trying to be funny and trying to make a point, it's difficult to really know what the filmmakers want to get across. Viewers will find it thought-provoking, though, when Tonto says, "An Indian kills and leaves nothing to waste. What does the white man kill for?"
--Lois Alter Mark, the Flicks for Kids Expert
Points For Parents
Movie Pluses

  • Raises awareness about the genocide of Native Americans
  • Shows the devastation caused by greed
Movie Minuses

  • Lots of violence and many deaths
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Prostitution and suggestiveness
  • Crude humor
  • Some mild cursing