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Peaceful Warrior (2006)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 24

Critics Consensus: 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: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 42,828


Movie Info

Dan Millman is a gifted young athlete bound for Olympic gold who will do anything to be the best. Driven by success, Dan has got it all: trophies, fast motorcycles, fast girls, and wild parties. But Dan's world is turned upside down when he meets a mysterious stranger in a gas station who holds the power to tap into new worlds of strength and understanding. The young man discovers that he has much to learn and even more to leave behind in order to master this new vision of greatness in this … More

PG-13 (for sensuality, sex references and accident scenes)
Directed By:
Written By:
Kevin Bernhardt
In Theaters:
Jun 26, 2007
Box Office:
Universal - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Peaceful Warrior

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (55) | DVD (2)

[A] watchable exercise in Zen hokum.

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Maybe there are worthy films buried in collections of spiritual homilies, but Peaceful Warrior is not one of them.

Full Review… | August 6, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Detroit News
Top Critic

A movie about spiritual awakening that plays like a spliced-together string of New Age fortune cookie messages.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Starting with the title and extending everywhere else, Peaceful Warrior is blatantly ludicrous.

July 22, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 14, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Like Karate Kid -- without the karate.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

...surprisingly inventive...

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2008
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review… | April 17, 2007
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'...

Full Review… | April 3, 2007
Kalamazoo Gazette

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

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
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?

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

Full Review… | February 7, 2007
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.

Full Review… | July 30, 2006
Hollywood Report Card

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

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
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.

Full Review… | July 23, 2006
Reeling Reviews

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

Full Review… | July 18, 2006

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.

Mike S

Super Reviewer


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.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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.

Matthew Comer

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.

Rico Zamora

Super Reviewer

Peaceful Warrior Quotes

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 (19 months ago)
Dan Millman:
The people who are the hardest to love are the ones who need it the most.
– Submitted by Snigdha A (22 months ago)
Better never start, once you start, better finish
– Submitted by Selvam G (2 years ago)
Where are you?
Dan Millman:
What time is it?
Dan Millman:
What are you?
Dan Millman:
This moment.
– Submitted by viktor g (2 years ago)
A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does.
– Submitted by viktor g (2 years ago)
Death isn't sad. The sad thing is: most people don't live at all.
– Submitted by viktor g (2 years ago)

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