A Knight's Tale

A Knight's Tale
A Knight's Tale
  • PG-13
  • 2h 12m
  • 2001
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After serving a number of years as a squire, an earnest young commoner poses as a knight and establishes himself in the jousting tournaments of Europe. He and a princess fall in love, but she is unaware of his deceit and common roots. The false knight is estranged from the princess once his true roots are revealed. He struggles to amend their relationship.
© 2001 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Once you get past the anachronism, A Knight's Tale becomes a predictable, if spirited, Rocky on horseback.
Time Out
Geoff Andrew

Whipping along at speed, with elaborate camera movements and rousing speeches, this knows how to e...

June 21, 2017
New York Magazine/Vulture
Peter Rainer

Instead of pulling young audiences imaginatively back into the past, A Knight's Tale cheapens the...

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Edgy medieval tale with rock music, some cursing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Knight's Tale is a 2001 medieval movie in which a man born a peasant sets out to prove that he's worthy of being a knight. There's frequent jousting and sword-fighting violence: Characters fall off horses, sustain severe bruises, some blood. A man is shown hanging dead from the gallows. As the quest begins, a naked man suddenly appears and walks past the knight-to-be's entourage; brief male nudity (buttocks). There's some sexual innuendo: talk of breasts, a mention of having "uncrossed her legs." Some language occurs: frequent use of "s--te," the UK variant of "s--t." The word "fonging," used frequently by one of the characters, can sometimes mean beating someone up, but in other contexts it has an "F" word connotation. There are some modern nods throughout the movie, primarily in the form of classic rock songs like "We Will Rock You" and "The Boys Are Back in Town," but this nod to modernity takes a turn into product placement territory when the blacksmith of the group, upon giving the knight his newest armor, distinguishes it by carving swooshes that look like the Nike symbol.

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Additional Info

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  • Release Date:May 11, 2001
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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