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


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Peaceful Warrior Reviews

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Like Karate Kid -- without the karate.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 15, 2010
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...surprisingly inventive...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 31, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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 Source: Urban Cinefile

March 23, 2008
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 3/4

June 27, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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[A] watchable exercise in Zen hokum.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 30, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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 Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 23, 2007
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

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 Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 30, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

July 23, 2006
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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

Full Review

July 18, 2006
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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 Source: Boulder Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 12, 2006
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

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

Full Review

June 26, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 22, 2006
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

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.

June 8, 2006
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

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 Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

June 2, 2006
David Germain
Associated Press
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The sometimes dreamy pace of Peaceful Warrior is offset by good rapport among Nolte, co-star Scott Mechlowicz and an engaging ensemble cast.

June 1, 2006
Les Wright

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.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

June 1, 2006
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

May 29, 2006
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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Strong performances by Scott Mechlowicz as Millman and Nick Nolte as the mysterious mechanic who changes his life ground the film in effective drama.

May 2, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

May 13, 2009
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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

April 17, 2007
Mattias Frey
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 5, 2006

Baltimore Sun
July 15, 2006
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