The 13th Warrior Reviews

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February 6, 2018
Akira Kurosawa's brilliant samurai movies -- especially 1957's Throne of Blood -- are a visual influence. But the script lacks the dignity that infuses Kurosawa's equally blood-thirsty characters.
July 10, 2011
Exciting battle sequences, intriguing period costumes, fascinating cinematography, and stirring background music contribute to the epic nature of 'The 13th Warrior.'
November 28, 2009
"The 13th Warrior" is a brazen attempt to brand Antonio Banderas as an A-lister with a C-grade script. Failure attends.
November 24, 2009
Jerry Goldsmith's rousing score exhibits more personality than any of the actors--or anything else in the film, for that matter.
June 17, 2008
Michael Crichton's story is underdeveloped and narrow in range, resulting in a tale more curious for its odd confluence of elements than for their edifying deployment.
July 14, 2007
Mr. Crichton may have found the perfect venue for his particular brand of character underdevelopment.
May 26, 2006
Shelved for over a year and probably heavily edited, it's better than it could have been.
February 9, 2006
At its best, this achieves the beauty and grandeur of a Kurosawa epic -- at its worst, however, it feels like a Python remake of The Vikings.
December 6, 2005
If you're in the mood to watch heads, arms and other appendages getting chopped off, this movie is for you.
July 21, 2005
The film is fascinating to watch, but I can hardly say what it's about, other than people killing each other.
May 30, 2003
It harks back to the late 1950s when people actually made movies about Vikings and other seafaring heroes named Sinbad and Jason.
March 23, 2003
An entertaining and serviceable adaptation. Dennis Storhoi delivers an awesome performance. Weak aspects of story made up for by great action.
February 8, 2003
Although the subject matter is not too pleasant and the gore is turned up to 11, Crichton's film is an excellent Nordic war story.
November 30, 2002
The film is based on Eaters of the Dead, possibly the worst novel Michael Crichton has ever written, and this film isn't even a passable adaptation.
June 5, 2002
For fans of the genre, it's an inexorably primal exercise almost like cinematic steroids: qualitatively lacking, if not harmful, yet superficially irresistible.
May 31, 2002
A sensao que fica, ao final da projeo, a de que vimos um filme vazio - e sobre o personagem errado. E o que pior: no qual nada acontece.
March 22, 2002
A big cathartic blast.
March 5, 2002
The screenplay effectively communicates the cross-cultural tensions between the Arabs, the Vikings, and the pagan Wendols.
January 27, 2002
April 3, 2001
everything is first rate except the characters and the story
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