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The 13th Warrior Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
The film is fascinating to watch, but I can hardly say what it's about, other than people killing each other.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
A big cathartic blast.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
With a budget said to be more than $100 million, it displays a lot of cash on the screen, but little thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
It's little more than a shoddy string of action-movie cliches.
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Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
The film feels as hollow as empty armor and slightly hackneyed.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Loaded with potential, it's puzzlingly overblown and distant, as if its huge budget were an albatross around its neck.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The 13th Warrior seems like a made-for-TV warrior movie without enough money to get really epic.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
With the possible exception of the action sequences and the very occasionally imaginative set design, it's awful.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
If the juiciest bouts of professional wrestling on television leave you feeling unfulfilled and pining for the primal howls of fight - to - the - death combat, The 13th Warrior just might be the answer to your prayers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Gary Dauphin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Actually a well-marbled, albeit derivative, slab of action-movie man meat.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The most unexpectedly audacious, exhilarating, and wildly creative adventure thriller I have seen in ages!
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It falls short where it counts: in the final confrontation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A mud-stained, blood-soaked and completely useless movie.
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Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
The 13th Warrior is a kick in the 10th century.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
The 13th Warrior indulges in enough grubby histrionics and costume-adventure clichés to give you fifth-grade flashbacks.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
As movies about Norsemen go, it's not as witty as The Vikings with Kirk Douglas, but it holds your attention through sheer cinematic power.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
An exhilarating 100 minutes!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4