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Peaceful Warrior (2006)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 73
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 55

Based on a best-selling memoir, Peaceful Warrior loses something in the transition from page to screen. It hits the viewer over the head with philosophical jargon, and ultimately fails to live up to its source material.


Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 23

Based on a best-selling memoir, Peaceful Warrior loses something in the transition from page to screen. It hits the viewer over the head with philosophical jargon, and ultimately fails to live up to its source material.



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Jeepers Creepers director Victor Salva takes a break from the horror to offer an inspirational tale about the remarkable power of the human spirit as the pages of Dan Millman's best-selling autobiographical novel come to life onscreen in this life-affirming film starring Nick Nolte, Scott Mechlowicz, and Amy Smart. A talented college gymnast with serious Olympic aspirations, Dan Millman (Mechlowicz) leads a charmed life of first-place trophies, fast girls, and rowdy parties until a



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All Critics (76) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (55) | DVD (2)

[A] watchable exercise in Zen hokum.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Maybe there are worthy films buried in collections of spiritual homilies, but Peaceful Warrior is not one of them.

August 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Comment (1)
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Don't go see Peaceful Warrior. Don't tell your friends about it. Try to forget you ever heard of the movie. Clear your mind and live in the now.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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A movie about spiritual awakening that plays like a spliced-together string of New Age fortune cookie messages.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Starting with the title and extending everywhere else, Peaceful Warrior is blatantly ludicrous.

July 22, 2006
New York Times
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You're in the moment all right, experiencing every passing minute ticking off in slow motion until the blasted thing comes to a merciful end.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Like Karate Kid -- without the karate.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...surprisingly inventive...

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The film's tone is indeed mystically propelled, but while these elements seem far fetched, the sheer depth of commitment by the cast make us overlook that.

March 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

This is an average movie that's chock-full of New-Age-y self help. And not much else.

April 17, 2007 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

claims to be 'inspired by true events'; the movie does not, however, specify the planet on which these events allegedly took place. ... a perfect companion piece to last year's dim-witted 'Stick It'...

April 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Warrior is a good-looking film that feels more like an allegory about the power of positive thinking than a drama.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

You will not learn how to levitate to the roof of a service station. In fact, the answer to that part of the story is a lemon -- but you knew it would be, didn't you?

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The message is good, even if the delivery is repetitive, ham-handed and...equal parts disturbing and amusing.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Only in filmmaker Victor Salva's world are impossibly chiseled, Abercrombie-ready gymnasts worshipped by their peers on college campuses and in adjoining dive bars.

September 2, 2006

Works overtime to inspire audiences, but relies way too much on pop-mysticism and half-baked artifice to make its point stick.

August 18, 2006
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Admittedly, I suspected it might be kind of cheesy, but the film is directed with great grace and care. And the acting is solid. It's a beautiful film -- see it.

July 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

The kind of metaphysical nonsense that gives New Age a bad name.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Peaceful Warrior is an inspirational story of the making of a true athlete. It's a bit hokey but you get by that whenever [Nick] Nolte is on the screen.

July 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

It's the director's willingness to toughen conventions through personal idiosyncrasies that sets the film apart.

July 18, 2006 Full Review

Parts of this are visually stunning, but for the most part, it's the standard new age pap.

July 15, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

Audience Reviews for Peaceful Warrior

Kind of like a modern day Karate Kid, but with gymnastics instead of karate and with a whiskey- voiced Nick Nolte in the role of the old and wise "sensei", instead of Mr Miyagi. This movie might not be as good or memorable, but it's not that far from it either, as it does have a pretty solid and inspiring story. Even more so as it happens to be based on true events. It wouldn't have hurt with a little faster pacing though, because its draggy nature was unfortunately a bit off-putting and the biggest reason to why I couldn't give it more than 3 out of 5 stars.
February 25, 2008
Mike S

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Another film inspired by actual events. While not as entertaining and comical like other films based off of actual events, this film is still an inspiring movie.The story moves along really really slowly. This is what will probably disappoint people the most. As mentioned earlier, this film is based on true events, but it is OK to twist and turn the story a bit to make it funny and entertaining. A successful example of this is Cool Runnings. A true inspiration for the children. While this film is slow and a little bit boring, it does add a tiny tiny dash of science fiction into the mix, which will keep your interest from time to time.The cinematography also helps this film a lot. The nice camera work takes what could be mediocre shots and turns them into pieces of art. Well, maybe I'm over exaggerating a little bit. I've seen better shot films, but I've also seen worse. The ending of this film is probably the most dramatic part of the film and the final shot ends the film nicely. Some people may not like it, but most people should appreciate it.Nick Nolte really carries this film with his performance. No Nick Nolte equals lower rating. While his acting is good, his dialgoue isn't as great. His philosophical words actually starts out pretty interesting, but as the movie goes by it becomes old rather quickly. The beautiful Amy Smart is really underused. She has very little airtime, but at least her role is pretty important.In the end, this can be a moving film, but it will only cater to certain people. If you don't mind a slow dramatic film, gymnastics, and Nick Nolte, this film is for you.
February 10, 2008
JY Skacto

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Not for the faint of heart, or mind. This is indeed a deep and inspiring movie, oftentimes we ourselves question why we do what we do. Confronting that, is the hard thing.
September 17, 2007

Super Reviewer

A very touching movie-- if you don't mind a little preachiness and a little cheese. Get that out of the way and what you're left with is a truly uplifting story that might even inspire you a bit.
July 4, 2006

Super Reviewer

    1. Dan Millman Sr.: When making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you must first apply the peanuts, not the jelly, to the bottom half of the bread.
    – Submitted by Patricia C (13 months ago)
    1. Dan Millman: The people who are the hardest to love are the ones who need it the most.
    – Submitted by Snigdha A (16 months ago)
    1. Socrates: Better never start, once you start, better finish
    – Submitted by Selvam G (18 months ago)
    1. Socrates: Where are you?
    2. Dan Millman: Here.
    3. Socrates: What time is it?
    4. Dan Millman: Now.
    5. Socrates: What are you?
    6. Dan Millman: This moment.
    – Submitted by viktor g (21 months ago)
    1. Socrates: A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does.
    – Submitted by viktor g (21 months ago)
    1. Socrates: Death isn't sad. The sad thing is: most people don't live at all.
    – Submitted by viktor g (21 months ago)
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