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Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior) (2000)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 83
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 32

More slow-moving than Run Lola Run, this film nonetheless offers an intriguing storyline about love and fate.


Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 10

More slow-moving than Run Lola Run, this film nonetheless offers an intriguing storyline about love and fate.



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Director Tom Tykwer followed up his international hit Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run) with this drama, which also examines young people living on the edges of the law. Sisi (Franka Potente) is an attractive but withdrawn woman who works in a psychiatric clinic, while Bodo (Benno Fürmann) is looking to make some quick money after his recent release from the army. Bodo robs a gas station and is fleeing on foot when he accidentally causes Sisi to be hit by a truck. Realizing she's seriously injured, Bodo


Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Art House & International

Tom Tykwer

Jan 29, 2002

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All Critics (95) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (32) | DVD (17)

This is bravura filmmaking and a movie not to be missed.

September 28, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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Often fascinating but bizarre and, ultimately, unsatisfying.

August 24, 2001
Detroit News
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Every person's behavior, Tykwer demonstrates with a flourish, is ultimately a matter of chance.

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Mesmerizing fable of frozen grief and stubborn love.

July 13, 2001
Washington Post
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You don't have any idea what's going to happen next.

July 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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This is a love story, but it isn't one you've ever seen before.

July 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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How do you follow up with one of the most kinetic films ever made? The obvious answer would be to slow things down, take a more introspective and less visceral approach. In short, do something different.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

...a film that's gorgeous to look at, but completely hollow and devoid of compelling characters.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Potente proves her versatility as an actress here with a much more subdued character, but is still capable of delivering powerhouse emotional scenes

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source:

It's a fascinating mix, even when the straight-faced melodrama clangs against such wicked, poker-faced absurdism.

July 24, 2002
Philadelphia Weekly

Una película muy regular, después del sabor que nos dejó Corre Lola Corre.

May 25, 2002

An endurance test of overly long sequences bereft of impact.

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

If I could have found more about the human condition uncovered that was plausible, I would have been more receptive to the quirks in this film...

November 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's hard to think of another movie that satisfies in such unorthodox ways.

October 5, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

A slow trudge up a sadly shallow hill.

September 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

It starts to feel like Tykwer is drawing things out in Artistic fashion merely because he can.

August 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Written Magazine
Film Written Magazine

Potente and Furmann give fine performances in their respective tortured roles.

August 20, 2001 Full Review Source:

Tykwer works hard to cover the emotional ground that he only hinted at in Lola. It's intriguing to watch his characters, because each is in the process of piecing together a broken human being.

August 17, 2001
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

An overlong, overdirected mess, which is only sporadically watchable.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Its two characters remain figures, merely symbols.

August 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Blends elements of romantic thriller, heist movie, and several other genres into something original and unexpected.

July 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It's just over two hours long but feels like much more.

July 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Once in a while a picture comes along that captures not just love, but romance in all its fear, yearning, fantasy, eroticism and unexpected epiphanies.

July 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Isn't as playful and giddy as Run Lola Run, but ... it may stick to your ribs longer.

July 19, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior)

Pretty to look at, but unnecessarily if the goal were to make a heist movie without the vulgar ingredient of excitement. Very odd movie. I kept asking myself "is there a point to all this"? Very long, too. Just not my cup of tea, apparently.
December 9, 2011

Super Reviewer

a fairy tale, as the title suggests, in the sense that fairy tales are myths of psychic healing. it's one of the oldest functions of storytelling and the characters here are archetypal. love franka and that hypnotic piano theme during the heist. an ambitious film on many levels and i was pretty into it up until the end, when everything is seemingly spelled out in giant block letters just in case we didn't get it.
September 27, 2010
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

A psychiatric nurse tracks down the mystery man who saved her life after a traffic accident but finds herself on the run when she is caught up in his attempt to rob a bank. The Princess and the Warrior is an offbeat love story that has "European cinema" written all over it. Two damaged individuals find solace in each others arms after various trauma that affect their lives and much forced poignancy and unlikely coincidence indicating "fate" rear their heads in the process. It's basically the kind of film that would never be made in Hollywood and as such does feel quite refreshing but there is an underlying air of pretension that stops it from being a truly great film; the metaphorical ending in particular was rather ham fisted in way that made me feel that the director might as well as drawn an "emotional" diagram with accompanying flow charts and maybe a nice bar graph thrown in. But as with all films, the entertainment level boils down to whether the story interests you and the performances appeal and in this case, they do. Pretty to look at and oddball enough to please any fans of indie or world cinema, if a little emotionally unaffecting for the above reasons.
May 25, 2010
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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