The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) Poster

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MPAA Rated R for violence

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • Macbeth sends murderers to kill Banquo. The murderers are shown knocking Banquo off his horse, followed by a sword fight between them. Eventually, one murderer stabs Banquo through the chest, and another murderer slits his throat but the camera edit does not show the wound or any strong bloody detail.
  • We briefly see Banquo's ghost come to haunt Macbeth as a bloody corpse.
  • A group of murderers come to murder MacDuff's family, but very little is shown. A man grabs a little boy and throws him off the castle wall, but he falls into a fog and we don't see anything graphic or violent. It is later reported that the whole family was murdered.
  • Despite the R rating, the violence is fairly moderate and infrequent.


  • There is no profanity whatsoever. Every line is taken verbatim from Shakespeare's play.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Lady Macbeth spikes the wine of the king's guards so that Macbeth can kill the king

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The tone of the film is very macabre, but it is not overly frightening or disturbing.
  • The witches are presented in a very dark and symbolic manner
  • The scene where Macbeth's henchmen murder MacDuff's family is quite intense but not graphic. We hear screams and the sound of swords slashing. This is disturbing despite the fact very little is actually shown.


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Violence & Gore

  • Macbeth is shown murdering King Duncan in his sleep. We see the dagger cut into his neck, but the scene cuts away before Macbeth slits it open. Later, we briefly see a pool of blood dripping from the bed onto the floor.
  • Macbeth is shown murdering Duncan's two chamberlains. The first we briefly see Macbeth cut his throat (not seen long) The second Macbeth stabs through the chest and kicks him down the stairs. Somewhat bloody but obscured in detail due to the black and white cinematography.
  • Macbeth is beheaded at the end, consistent with the play. Macbeth drops his crown on the ground while fighting MacDuff. When Macbeth reaches down to pick it up, MacDuff decapitates him. We see the head fall to the ground bloodless, but we only see this for about two seconds. MacDuff is then later shown carrying in Macbeth's bloody and decapitated head.
  • Lady Macbeth kills herself by throwing through the stairs. We don't see the action, we just see her body afterwards.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Numerous scenes pertaining to the witches and ghosts involve crows suddenly flying out of nowhere and attacking people. This is often done in a "jump scare" like presentation. It is meant to be symbolic and to convey the psychological and spiritual state of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and it is effective but also quite frightening at times.

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