Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Poster

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MPAA Rated R for some violence and sexuality

Sex & Nudity

  • Darnley (Lowden) gives Queen Mary (Ronan) oral sex. No nudity is seen, but we see her reaction. After marriage, wife begins unlacing husband's pants, sits astride him and stimulates him in attempt to arouse him. He claims he is too drunk, then she goads him by pounding his chest. He throws her face down on the bed and forcefully performs rear-entry sex. It is later discovered she succeeded in conceiving the desired child that night. Childbirth is shown but without any explicit detail.
  • Two men get out of bed after an implied night together. One's bare buttocks are seen in the background.

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.
  • A character is stabbed to death many times by many different people, he is seen after with lots of blood covering him.


  • 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 onscreen.


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Sex & Nudity

  • Multiple brief sex scenes, including rape. Nipples are briefly visible at one point through a wet dress.
  • Darnley (Lowden) and Mary (Ronan) have violent sex on their wedding night. We see her bare buttocks to the side, but most of the scene focuses on her face while he thrusts.
  • Mary is raped by her husband. We see her face and hear his thrusting. No nudity is shown.
  • Bothwell (Compton) has sex with Mary (Ronan) on their wedding night. We see his bare buttocks and thrusting.

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