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The Warrior (2005)

The Warrior


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 35
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: This simple but beautifully photographed film tells a timeless tale.

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: This simple but beautifully photographed film tells a timeless tale.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 2,170


Movie Info

A cold-blooded warrior strives to become a man of peace in this strikingly photographed drama from writer and director Asif Kapadia. Lafcadia (Irfan Khan) is a steel-nerved professional soldier who works as a lawman for the corrupt leader of a local political regime (Anupam Shyam). Lafcadia is valuable to the tyrant for his ability to kill without mercy, but when he's sent with his compatriots to massacre the people of a small village who've been delinquent in paying their taxes, Lafcadia is … More

R (for some violence)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By:
Asif Kapadia , Tim Miller
In Theaters:
Mar 7, 2006
Miramax Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Warrior

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (7) | DVD (10)

It is hardly the most original story, but Kapadia, the British-born son of Indian immigrants, infuses it so much with stately resonance and spiritual reverence, that it never seems remotely shopworn, much less laborious.

August 5, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Long before the end, it takes on the quality of a wise fable and reveals itself as an enriching experience.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

If you can forgive its lapses in storytelling and character development, then Kapadia's 2001 feature filmmaking debut delivers, at minimum, an impressive visual account of a worthwhile spiritual journey.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A film for moviegoers who love powerful stories and ravishing imagery.

Full Review… | July 28, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

There's a pinch of Akira Kurosawa, a sprinkle of Clint Eastwood, and heaps of originality in this.

July 28, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

What is best in the film is its depiction of the warrior's epic journey, photographed with breathtaking beauty and simplicity by Roman Osin.

Full Review… | July 28, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A meaningful, and well paced tale of a killer seeking redemption in a world that's felt his touch of death.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

"The Warrior" is a timeless and lyrical movie set against the stunning beauty of the Himalayan Mountains.

Full Review… | April 16, 2009

Its deadly pacing and almost word-free screenplay make it seem like a very long slog indeed.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

A starkly beautiful and poignant film of evil, family, transformation and redemption set in ancient India.

Full Review… | February 25, 2006
Laramie Movie Scope

Considering that this is a film set in feudal India of an indefinite era, the film should be surprisingly thoughtful and engaging for American audience.

Full Review… | December 25, 2005

Director Asif Kapadia mixes suggestions of violence (mostly off-screen) with sumptuous cinematography and a touch of the mystical.

December 24, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

A sublime rarity, with its renegade warrior's inner struggle reflecting our wayward society's quest to rediscover its lost soul.

December 8, 2005
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

If subtitles turn you off of foreign movies, you won't have much of a problem with this one. Most of the film is carried by Khan's expressive face.

Full Review… | December 4, 2005

It's little more than a spaghetti western (which here might be called a chapati western), that elevates itself by not sticking entirely with its revenge intended theme.

Full Review… | November 30, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A mournful meditation on killing for a living, Asif Kapadia's film is by turns poetic and preachy. It's also unexpectedly gripping.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005

An expressively visual fable about a Rajput warrior who gives up a life of violence and bloodshed in exchange for a religious pilgrimage.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
Boston Herald

A work of rare and consuming integrity

Full Review… | July 21, 2005

A beautiful and affecting meditation on what it takes to bring about peace.

Full Review… | July 16, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Warrior

After his family is killed by his former lord, a warrior seeks to find inner peace.
Essentially an internal, spiritual journey, The Warrior is highlighted by a good, understated performance by Irfan Khan and some picturesque scenes of India's landscape. But the story is old, and though it doesn't submit to the temptation to become a simple revenge story, what arises in place of cliche is not much better because the film is unable to get us far enough into Lafcadia's psyche to become a compelling internal drama.
Overall, while there is a lot to like about this film, I don't think it succeeds because its central conflict is too obscure.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


A warrior acting as an enforcer for a local warlord becomes sick of killing and leaves on a pilgrimage to his birthplace, but death seems to follow wherever he goes. I haven't had much exposure to Indian films, Bollywood being the main staple of British TV on the rare occasions it widens its horizons and being a hater of musicals it it has never tempted me. Being a Channel 4 production, it could be argued that I still haven't, and that The Warrior is another example of foreign cultures homogenized to suit the palate of Western audiences. Being part of that western audience, i think it would be a little hypocritical of me to comment. All I can say is I found this film to be a simple but beautiful looking, artful story of atonement and redemption, surely themes that transcend individual cultures. I'm sure there were many cultural references that went over my head, but Irfan Khan has one of those incredibly expressive faces and intense eyes that seem to be able to reflect a lifetime of pain and loss with just a glance. Lacking any other reference point, I'd have to say it shared stylistic elements with the likes of Kurosawa and Leone. Although it is a little lacking in content it is artful in the sense that it's more than the sum of its parts; it's a simple tale but it somehow manages to plug directly into the emotions. Maybe not the kind of film to be enjoyed again and again, it is certainly worth seeing at least once.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Using the rugged desert landscape of Rajasthan like a character in the film and capturing stunningly beautiful images, The Warrior is a very visual spectacle which tells the story in a very focused and confident way. Irfan Khan is outstanding in the lead and I would enjoy seeing him again in Slumdog Millionaire.

With a title like this, you'd expect a grisly, gruesome epic. But no, this is a small, intimate drama about trying to change one's life while trying to reject the strong internal drive for vengeance.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

One beautiful, minimalist, sorrowful tale about the search of peace in a man's troubled soul.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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