The Legend of Zorro (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Legend of Zorro (2005)



Critic Consensus: Zorro can survive a lot of things, but it looks like he can't survive marriage.

Movie Info

The year is 1850. After fighting to help California become the 31st state of the Union, Zorro promises his wife Elena that he will give up his secret identity and live a normal life as Alejandro de la Vega. But now, the same forces that conspired to keep California from becoming part of the United States are plotting to unleash a threat that has been 500 years in the making -- a threat that could change the course of history forever. Only Zorro can stop it by taking on the most dangerous mission of his life. But, if he does what he must, will it mean losing Elena forever?more
Rating: PG (for sequences of violence/peril and action, language and a couple of suggestive moments)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Terry Rossio, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Ted Elliott
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 31, 2006
Box Office: $45.4M
Sony Pictures Entertainment - Official Site


Antonio Banderas
as Zorro/Don Alejandro ...
Nick Chinlund
as Jacob McGivens
Carlos Cobos
as Tabulador
Mary Crosby
as Governor's Wife
Mauricio Bonet
as Don Verdugo
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Zorro

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (38)

The Legend of Zorro is a campier sequel, occasionally given too much to childish antics. But once the story really kicks in, it transforms into a fine adventure film and a worthy addition to the Zorro film legacy.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011

Reasonably rousing, breezily hokey, and touchingly retrograde

Full Review… | September 1, 2009

Just obvious pandering to a younger crowd...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Catherine Zeta Jones' eminent allure and Antonio Banderas' leading man charm are reduced to mere furnishings for an ostensibly child-friendly adventure movie filled with tedious stunt sequences, endless sword fights and too many brutal murders.

Full Review… | April 17, 2009

excessively lengthy, swashbuckling-by-numbers exercise in tedium that fills the cinema with entirely the wrong kind of zs.

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
Eye for Film

The ludicrous plot and special effects featuring cartoon physics means this zero is strictly for those under the age of eight or so.

Full Review… | May 28, 2007
Upstage Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Legend of Zorro


A family friendly fun fest of circus acrobatics style swashbuckling given the heave-ho by the pundits at Rotten Tomatoes. Why? For being family friendly. Is the film little cheesy? Maybe, but its all in the name of family fun, at which its ideal.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

review coming

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

This sequel should never have been made. You know, there are film series in which subsequent films get better (Godfather II may be best example), and there are others that completely fall flat. In the tradition of Caddyshack 2, Staying Alive, and Jaw: The Revenge, here comes The Legend of Zorro. Come to think of it, Oceans Twelve, which also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, was pretty awful too. The Mask of Zorro was excellent; Banderas does Jackie Chan, Anthony Hopkins was suave and somewhat menacing, and CZJ was stunning as always- exotic as well as an outstanding actress. This attempt to update the story, with the addition of their young son (kind of an Anakin Skywalker), fails to recapture the boisterous spirit of the original. Zorro figuratively flies in on a chandelier and lands flat on his back.

Why make Elena (CZJ) a shrewish wife? Why have a cartoonish villain out to spoil the party and rule the world? It's all too formulaic and thus disappointing. I suppose other action oriented series like Indiana Jones or Back to the Future could be likewise criticized, but they never failed to entertain. One thing a Zorro movie should never be is boring; this one comes close.

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

The Legend of Zorro Quotes

Don Alejandro de la Vega/Zorro: What are you doing in a bar?!
Joaquin de la Vega: What are you doing in jail?!
Don Alejandro de la Vega/Zorro: I asked you first!
– Submitted by Nick S (4 years ago)

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