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The Legend of Zorro (2005)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 134
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 99

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


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 26

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



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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

Jan 31, 2006


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It's Zorro, the domesticated blade!

November 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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In every imaginable way, this is a lesser film than the original.

October 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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The Legend of Zorro spirals into a convoluted series of incidents, bordering on the impenetrable until they're finally revealed as nonsensical.

October 28, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The passionless string of the hoariest clichés is burnished with the phony luster of an I Can't Believe It's Not Butter commercial, and its plot seems to have been amalgamated by a computer program.

October 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Though there's worse entertainment around, there may be more people rabid for the return of Prohibition than for a Zorro sequel seven years after the fact.

October 28, 2005 Full Review Source: USA Today
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The CG-effects to replicate crowds and buildings, the fake scenery, the flimsy plot and the cheap dialogue all spell a budget-conscious production.

October 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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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.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source:

Reasonably rousing, breezily hokey, and touchingly retrograde

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Just obvious pandering to a younger crowd...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source:

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

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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.

May 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

We don't really see who Zorro really is. Instead of being the good-hearted peasant turned swash-buckling gentleman, he's often a bungling buffoon.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

Pior que a infusão do nacionalismo pós-11 de Setembro na trama é a dinâmica formulaica e irritante da família Zorro.

May 11, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Big stars, big budget, big stunts sabotaged by a scatterbrained plot.

February 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Nope, it's not as good as the first one. But considering how chintzy and auto-piloty most sequels are these days, I'll take what I can get.

January 15, 2006 Full Review Source:

Not even his magnificent horse, which drinks and smokes, can tap dance the film into my heart. Thank goodness the music has been retained; at least you can revel in the score.

December 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Antonio Banderas is (whisper it) getting a little to old to be swashbuckling these days, but he still puts in a committed performance.

December 10, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

With silly comedy where the spiciness was before

November 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Blocky plot turns and historical inaccuracies occasionally distract, but overall there are barrels of delicious swordplay, some particularly jaw dropping equestrian stunts, along with Banderas' winking wit, and Zeta-Jones smoldering confidence.

November 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

An entirely forgettable action film. There is nothing new about it, the action feels similar to a Universal stunt show and you've forgotten it before the exit.

November 10, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

It's one thing to watch the sexy banter of a courtship coalescing, and quite another to watch a marriage falling apart. Takes out some of the zing, don't you know.

November 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinerina

This second Zorro adventure starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones isn't nearly as sharp as the first.

November 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

The way Zorro eludes his foes is nothing compared with the slipperiness of the film itself as it tries to be politically 'relevant' yet inoffensive to all consituencies.

November 7, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Banderas suddenly seems to be playing a human Puss-in-Boots, turning Zorro into a cartoonish buffoon more often that a swashbuckling hero.

November 5, 2005 Full Review Source:

Flashy, action-packed and dull.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

Audience Reviews for The Legend of Zorro

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.
August 24, 2012
Clintus M.
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Great to see Antonio Banderas (as the swashbuckling hero) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (as the daughter of the original Zorro) return to this action-adventure sequel of 1998's The Mask of Zorro. Banderas brings out with great comic sense and Zeta-Jones' role is enhanced and she gets to be more than a pretty face.
There are plenty of funny scenes with the family (including the son) of the swashbuckling hero. And awesome action sequences of what Zorro comes to fight and rescue against the new villains - the best sequence is the train at the end.
August 28, 2011
Dean McKenna

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Here is the perfect example of having a big budget, a big studio, and big actors, but it just doesn't work. I would like to say that I enjoyed 'The Legend of Zorro' on at least some level, but I really didn't. I appreciate the director attempting to input a unique, generic tone in this, when it turns out to be a mess. The action sequences were poor too, especially the opening scene (if you've seen it you'll know what I'm talking about). I don't know what to say, this movie is an abomination.
August 15, 2011

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August 12, 2011

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    1. Don Alejandro de la Vega/Zorro: What are you doing in a bar?!
    2. Joaquin de la Vega: What are you doing in jail?!
    3. Don Alejandro de la Vega/Zorro: I asked you first!
    – Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)
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