The Legend of Zorro (2005)



Critic Consensus: 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 of his life. But, if he does what he must, will it mean losing Elena forever?
PG (for sequences of violence/peril and action, language and a couple of suggestive moments)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Antonio Banderas
as Zorro/Don Alejandro de la Vega
Adrian Alonso
as Joaquin
Rufus Sewell
as Armand
Nick Chinlund
as Jacob McGivens
Julio Oscar Mechoso
as Frey Felipe
Michael Emerson
as Harrigan
Carlos Cobos
as Tabulador
Mary Crosby
as Governor's Wife
Mauricio Bonet
as Don Verdugo
Raúl Méndez
as Ferroq
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Zorro

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (34)

It's Zorro, the domesticated blade!

November 1, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

In every imaginable way, this is a lesser film than the original.

October 31, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The Legend of Zorro spirals into a convoluted series of incidents, bordering on the impenetrable until they're finally revealed as nonsensical.

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
USA Today
Top Critic

The CG-effects to replicate crowds and buildings, the fake scenery, the flimsy plot and the cheap dialogue all spell a budget-conscious production.

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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
Kevin M. Williams

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Jens S.
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 Maximus
Clintus Maximus

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