Peaceful Warrior Reviews

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Like Karate Kid -- without the karate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 31, 2008
...surprisingly inventive...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 23, 2008
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.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 17, 2007
This is an average movie that's chock-full of New-Age-y self help. And not much else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
April 3, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 30, 2007
Warrior is a good-looking film that feels more like an allegory about the power of positive thinking than a drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 30, 2007
[A] watchable exercise in Zen hokum.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
February 7, 2007
The message is good, even if the delivery is repetitive, ham-handed and...equal parts disturbing and amusing.
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
September 2, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
Mack Bates
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 18, 2006
Works overtime to inspire audiences, but relies way too much on pop-mysticism and half-baked artifice to make its point stick.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 6, 2006
Maybe there are worthy films buried in collections of spiritual homilies, but Peaceful Warrior is not one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
July 30, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
July 28, 2006
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 | Original Score: D
Top Critic
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
July 28, 2006
A movie about spiritual awakening that plays like a spliced-together string of New Age fortune cookie messages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 28, 2006
The kind of metaphysical nonsense that gives New Age a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 23, 2006
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 | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Nathan Lee
New York Times
July 22, 2006
Starting with the title and extending everywhere else, Peaceful Warrior is blatantly ludicrous.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
July 18, 2006
It's the director's willingness to toughen conventions through personal idiosyncrasies that sets the film apart.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
July 15, 2006
Parts of this are visually stunning, but for the most part, it's the standard new age pap.
| Original Score: 2.3/5
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