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MPAA Rated R for some violence and sexuality

Sex & Nudity

  • Multiple brief sex scenes, including rape. Nipples are briefly visible at one point through a wet dress.
  • Darnley (Lowden) gives Queen Mary (Ronan) oral sex. No nudity is seen, but we see her reaction.
  • Two men get out of bed after an implied night together. One's bare buttocks are seen in the background.
  • Bothwell (Compston) and Mary (Ronan) have sex on their wedding night. We see his bare buttocks to the side, but most of the scene focuses on her face while he thrusts.

Violence & Gore

  • Brief battle scene. No blood shown.
  • A character is choked to death with a cord around his neck.
  • Mary (Ronan) and Darnley (Lowden) are struck across the face in different scenes.
  • Blood and afterbirth from the delivery of James is briefly shown.


  • Mary (Ronan) is referred to multiple times as a whore.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • One of the characters is shown to be constantly drinking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A character is violently stabbed to death by multiple individuals and the bloody body is shown on screen.
  • Suggested MPAA Rating: R for some violence/bloody images and sexuality including rape


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • Mary is raped by her husband Darnley. We see her face and hear his thrusting. No nudity is shown.

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