• PG-13, 2 hr. 1 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Victor Salva
  • In Theaters:    Jun 2, 2006 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jun 26, 2007
  • Universal

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.

Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
June 27, 2007

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
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
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
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-
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.

Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 12, 2006

In a Hollywood of leading boy-men, Nolte's commanding performance is a throwback to a time when movie virility wasn't an anomaly.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
June 26, 2006

...a powerful tale of enlightenment and redemption that conveys emotional uplift even if it's unlikely to win many spiritual converts.

Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 22, 2006

Ever elusive, it always keeps you off balance enough to make you want to see more.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 8, 2006

I found some enjoyment by watching it as though it were an updated, Americanized version of some 1980 Hong Kong movie about training at the Shaolin Temple ... which it pretty much is, come to think of it.

Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
June 2, 2006

It may often seem like an extra-pretentious Karate Kid for grown-ups, but Warrior's soul lessons go much deeper, to universally vital places.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Germain
Associated Press
Top Critic
June 1, 2006

The sometimes dreamy pace of Peaceful Warrior is offset by good rapport among Nolte, co-star Scott Mechlowicz and an engaging ensemble cast.

Les Wright
culturevulture.net
June 1, 2006

By turns a riveting study of the world of competitive gymnastics, a parable for an alternative vision for today's society, and a study in the psychology of mentoring, 'Peaceful Warrior' is a satisfying movie-going experience, with or without 'the message.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 29, 2006

A rousing drama about an egocentric and restless young gymnast's spiritual transformation.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
May 2, 2006

Strong performances by Scott Mechlowicz as Millman and Nick Nolte as the mysterious mechanic who changes his life ground the film in effective drama.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
May 13, 2009

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Mattias Frey
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009


St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
August 5, 2006


Baltimore Sun
July 15, 2006

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