The 13th Warrior Reviews

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 10, 2011
Exciting battle sequences, intriguing period costumes, fascinating cinematography, and stirring background music contribute to the epic nature of 'The 13th Warrior.'
Cole Smithey
November 28, 2009
"The 13th Warrior" is a brazen attempt to brand Antonio Banderas as an A-lister with a C-grade script. Failure attends.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Michael Dequina
November 24, 2009
Jerry Goldsmith's rousing score exhibits more personality than any of the actors--or anything else in the film, for that matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
June 17, 2008
Michael Crichton's story is underdeveloped and narrow in range, resulting in a tale more curious for its odd confluence of elements than for their edifying deployment.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Mr. Crichton may have found the perfect venue for his particular brand of character underdevelopment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Shelved for over a year and probably heavily edited, it's better than it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
At its best, this achieves the beauty and grandeur of a Kurosawa epic -- at its worst, however, it feels like a Python remake of The Vikings.
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
If you're in the mood to watch heads, arms and other appendages getting chopped off, this movie is for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
The film is fascinating to watch, but I can hardly say what it's about, other than people killing each other.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 30, 2003
It harks back to the late 1950s when people actually made movies about Vikings and other seafaring heroes named Sinbad and Jason.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brian Mckay
March 23, 2003
An entertaining and serviceable adaptation. Dennis Storhoi delivers an awesome performance. Weak aspects of story made up for by great action.
| Original Score: 4/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Although the subject matter is not too pleasant and the gore is turned up to 11, Crichton's film is an excellent Nordic war story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 30, 2002
The film is based on Eaters of the Dead, possibly the worst novel Michael Crichton has ever written, and this film isn't even a passable adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
For fans of the genre, it's an inexorably primal exercise almost like cinematic steroids: qualitatively lacking, if not harmful, yet superficially irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
A sensação que fica, ao final da projeção, é a de que vimos um filme vazio - e sobre o personagem errado. E o que é pior: no qual nada acontece.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
A big cathartic blast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 5, 2002
The screenplay effectively communicates the cross-cultural tensions between the Arabs, the Vikings, and the pagan Wendols.
Blake French
April 3, 2001
everything is first rate except the characters and the story
| Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Howe
April 2, 2001
Mediocrity should never be encouraged.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
February 14, 2001
Stay home and watch the WWF. The only difference is; they don't fight with swords
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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