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The Warrior's Way (2010)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 27

Perfectly, thoroughly divisive, The Warrior's Way will either be delightful or unbearable, depending on your tolerance for surreal, shamelessly over the top collisions of eastern and western clichés.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 6

Perfectly, thoroughly divisive, The Warrior's Way will either be delightful or unbearable, depending on your tolerance for surreal, shamelessly over the top collisions of eastern and western clichés.



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Asian samurai Yang (Korean superstar Jang Dong-gun) has a change of heart after slaughtering his enemy's family, and spares a newborn child. On the run from his master, he heads to America, where he finds a beat-down town that is home to freaks, circus performers, an old drunk (Geoffrey Rush), and a knife-thrower (Kate Bosworth). This spunky love interest soon becomes the student, with the wandering warrior passing along his knowledge so that she can enact revenge against scarred scumbag The

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (27) | DVD (7)

While the movie seems designed to be a breakout for Jang, it's Lee whose work actually makes an impression. You guess he'll be back - hopefully, playing it straight next time.

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The film's details suggest potential for a lively, bizarre, action-comedy cult classic. It just never comes together the way it needs to.

December 7, 2010 Full Review Source:
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The ingredients here congeal into a gooey mess that is not without amusing moments.

December 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Set in a fantastical ghost town with a resident circus troupe and filmed on studio sets, it looks like a Sergio Leone epic as staged by Fellini, or by Lars von Trier.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (3)
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The Warrior's Way is a visually inspired multi-genre amalgamation, a borderline-surreal folly that suggests a martial-arts action-adventure co-directed by Sergio Leone and Federico Fellini.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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There isn't a shred of subtlety in their clowning -- or in any part of the movie, which clumsily shoots for operatic highs and lows. But with so many borrowed bits and pieces, the only feeling it successfully evokes is déjà vu.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Weak acting, unfocused directing and an overall very phoney feeling make for a film that is seriously misguided.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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"The Warrior's Way" is a horribly ill-conceived idea that tries to blend Eastern and Western cinema, but all it ends up doing is creating a disaster that's filled to the brim with enough clichés to make your head spin.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source:

As a bit of cheesy Asian cinema, it works, but it didn't quite translate into a western without looking a bit like a Jonah Hex sequel.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comment (1)
7M Pictures

It's stupid in a way you won't really hate, provided you're already in the mood for a terrible rehash of cliches from a hundred other martial arts movies and Westerns.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

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February 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

There is a tragic craft to how one manages to make a film about 'the greatest swordsman who has ever lived' as boring as The Warrior's Way.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Simple video game-style action sequences with bad dialogue.

January 22, 2011 Full Review Source:

A visually rich but lumbering, narratively confused genre hybrid, The Warrior's Way feels like a wildly missed opportunity for East-meets-West action mayhem.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

'The Warrior's Way' is one hot mess of a movie. It has the best cinematography of the year, hands down. It has ninjas, clowns and cowboys doing battle.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Starts strong, ends with a slick tableaux and in between disappoints with a steady acceleration that not even a quietly charismatic performance by star Dong-Gun Jang, nor the image of a clown with a gun during the film's climactic shoot-out, can surmount

December 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Succeeds in cutting out a distinct visual flourish amid a bland cinematic landscape.

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Illinois Times
Illinois Times

Though the film oozes visual appeal (many action sequences are rendered with comic-book vibrancy), it's short on insight and long on cliché.

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The Warrior's Way is an odd duck of a movie - and that doesn't even include the wire-fu/Western combination.

December 7, 2010 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

A Samurai warrior in a gunfight? There's something wrong with this picture.

December 7, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comments (4)

The Warrior's Way never achieves awesomeness, mostly because it never fully embraces its elementary-school playground aesthetic.

December 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Slate

[The] action sequences are clear and snappy, with the ante forever being upped for the unbelievably explosive climax.

December 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

While the film claims dazzling visuals, Lee fails to deliver the type of never-before-seen martial arts fights fans demand.

December 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The Warrior's Way

Well made, great visuals and action scenes but all in all an average movie, let down by it's less than great direction.
November 17, 2011

Super Reviewer

The Warrior's Way is a starting point for director Sngmoo Lee, which does contain some firm pieces, along with others that are not-so-solid.Part Asian martial arts and part western are what elements this film chooses to blend for its story. To some extent, it does work. Partially because of its single circus western setting and partially because swordplay and guns make for a good time.The plot is simple with some decent enough characters to go around. There is a large amount of CG, especially when it comes to the backdrops, and to be honest there is room for improvement. The swordplay is highly stylized with maybe a bit much in the way of slow motion and kills that are rather quick.Dong-gun Jang is emotionless, which matches the persona of a silent assassin, but it does lower the liveliness of the picture. On the other hand, Kate Bosworth does tend to pick that up. Danny Huston and Geoffrey Rush exhibit some good supporting performances.The Warrior's Way isn't the talk of the town. It's more of a film that just passes through.
September 9, 2011
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Hmm Ninjas Vs Cowboys may as well be the title. Visually very impressive and stylized. Think Sky Captain, 300 meets Crouching Tiger for a slick look. Unfortunately despite a good cast it lacks any punch! The type of story done too many times before. Sadly the action scenes look pretty but have very little action! A real missed opportunity with a better story and longer action scenes it could have been a cult hit.
August 26, 2011

Super Reviewer

This was a pretty decent film....good special effects, and good action. A little bit Kung Fu Hustle-ish...just not quite so silly. I really enjoyed Geoffrey Rush's character. He was a hoot! All in all mildly enjoyable, and decently done.
August 7, 2011

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    1. Yang: Whose birthday?
    2. 8-Ball: Well...It's sort of a long story.
    – Submitted by Akheel K (9 months ago)
    1. Yang: Sheriff?
    2. Ron: Woman.
    – Submitted by Akheel K (9 months ago)
    1. Ron: Ninjas. Damn.
    – Submitted by Kris R (2 years ago)
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