• 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

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

May 13, 2009
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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[A] watchable exercise in Zen hokum.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 30, 2007
Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Maybe there are worthy films buried in collections of spiritual homilies, but Peaceful Warrior is not one of them.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C-

August 6, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 5, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D

July 28, 2006
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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A movie about spiritual awakening that plays like a spliced-together string of New Age fortune cookie messages.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

July 28, 2006
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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Starting with the title and extending everywhere else, Peaceful Warrior is blatantly ludicrous.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

July 22, 2006
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 14, 2006
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Full of cheap fortune-cookie wisdom and noodly inspirational advice.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

July 14, 2006
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 14, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It has deep things to say and a hilariously ponderous way of saying them.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 14, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 13, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 23, 2006
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Dan's transformation hits the kinds of snags that might occur in real life but spell doom for narrative momentum.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

June 22, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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

June 22, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 22, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

June 15, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

June 5, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 2, 2006
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film is better than it has any right to be, considering the prosaic source.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 2, 2006
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 2, 2006
Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

June 1, 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
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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This woozily uplifting saga is big on homilies and deficient in just about everything else.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: D

June 1, 2006
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 1, 2006
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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[A] self-congratulatory self-help seminar, which plays as high comedy, thanks to Nolte's slurry sensei.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

May 31, 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
Robert Koehler
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 2, 2006
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