Peaceful Warrior Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 30, 2007
[A] watchable exercise in Zen hokum.
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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-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 5, 2006
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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
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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
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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
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 14, 2006
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 14, 2006
Full of cheap fortune-cookie wisdom and noodly inspirational advice.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 14, 2006
For a story that is supposed to be about gymnastics and Eastern philosophy, The Peaceful Warrior is as riddled with homo-eroticism as Robert Smigel's 'Ambiguously Gay Duo' cartoons on Saturday Night Live.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 14, 2006
It has deep things to say and a hilariously ponderous way of saying them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 13, 2006
All this stuff is probably right. It's just that the director, Victor Salva, underscores his points with thunderous obviousness and manipulates us through ham-handed plot gambits.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 23, 2006
The story arc of Peaceful Warrior is so familiar that in addition to being inspired by fact, it is inspired by at least two-thirds of all the sports movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 22, 2006
Dan's transformation hits the kinds of snags that might occur in real life but spell doom for narrative momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 22, 2006
A collection of New Age platitudes beyond their expiration date, the sort of thing that might seem profound if your library doesn't extend much beyond zodiac love guides and Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 22, 2006
Peaceful Warrior, which is basically The Karate Kid with a bigger kid and a bigger mentor, represents a journey of predictability, rather than a destination worth the trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 15, 2006
The What The Bleep Do We Know? crowd may well receive the film's wisdom like communion, but the rest of us are free to gag when Salva tries to jam it down our throats.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 5, 2006
The soundtrack here is piercingly awful, the gymnastics routines hold little suspense, and after a while I just wanted Socrates to give it a rest.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 2, 2006
Based on the story by gymnast Dan Millman, the movie tries to be inspirational and profound, but much of the dialogue sounds like it came out of a fortune cookie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
June 2, 2006
The film is better than it has any right to be, considering the prosaic source.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 2, 2006
The sage-elder/wayward-charge saga Peaceful Warrior aims for inspirational highs but mostly feels like a self-help book read aloud by actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
June 1, 2006
Peaceful Warrior is meant to empower and enlighten. But it tries so hard, it's more like inspiration overkill: 121 torturous minutes of long-winded lectures about living in the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 1, 2006
This woozily uplifting saga is big on homilies and deficient in just about everything else.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2006
You'd have to be either an avid New Ager or willing to see Nick Nolte in absolutely anything to get fully onboard for this visually overexcited tale of salvation-by-gas-station-guru.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
May 31, 2006
[A] self-congratulatory self-help seminar, which plays as high comedy, thanks to Nolte's slurry sensei.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 2, 2006
So under the spell of the be-here-now philosophy of Dan Millman's New Age-y memoir from which it was drawn that it loses sight of the need to credibly dramatize the ideas.