Peaceful Warrior


Peaceful Warrior

Critics Consensus

Based on a best-selling memoir, Peaceful Warrior loses something in the transition from page to screen. It hits the viewer over the head with philosophical jargon, and ultimately fails to live up to its source material.



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Dan Millman is a gifted young athlete bound for Olympic gold who will do anything to be the best. Driven by success, Dan has got it all: trophies, fast motorcycles, fast girls, and wild parties. But Dan's world is turned upside down when he meets a mysterious stranger in a gas station who holds the power to tap into new worlds of strength and understanding. The young man discovers that he has much to learn and even more to leave behind in order to master this new vision of greatness in this moving tale about the power of human will.


Nick Nolte
as Socrates
Scott Mechlowicz
as Dan Millman
Tim DeKay
as Coach Garrick
Paul Wesley (II)
as Trevor Scott
Ashton Holmes
as Tommy Warner
B.J. Britt
as Kyle Williams
Ray Wise
as Dr. Hayden
Tom Tarantini
as Thug With Gun
Scott Caudill
as Thug One
Bart Connor
as As Himself
Jim Bradley
as Commentator One
Dan Millman
as Man in Car
Steve Talley
as Young Garage Man
Tom Costello
as Dan's Neighbor
Karen Landry
as Patricia Millman
Rob Moran
as Dan Millman Sr.
Neil Furuno
as Gymnast One
Charles Grisham
as Bar Patron #1
Tyler Vogt
as Bar Patron #2
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  • Mar 12, 2009
    "Peaceful Warrior" is that rare film that manages to be hugely inspirational without being cheesy. This is one of the few movies out there that will inspire you to make changes in your life and this film shows us that we all have the power within us to make them. The camera-work, editing, direction, and acting are all first rate. This is not only a good New Age movie, it's an important one.
    John M Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2008
    Nick Nolte is masterful! This is one of the finest performances of his career. His character alone is worthy of a strong recommendation of this film. Moreover, the story and theme induce self-reflection upon the viewer, calling upon him to philosophically question his purpose. Unfortunately, some phony writing for this second rate supporting cast prevented this from being a true masterpiece.
    Richard F Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2008
    Another film inspired by actual events. While not as entertaining and comical like other films based off of actual events, this film is still an inspiring movie.<p>The story moves along really really slowly. This is what will probably disappoint people the most. As mentioned earlier, this film is based on true events, but it is OK to twist and turn the story a bit to make it funny and entertaining. A successful example of this is <i>Cool Runnings</i>. A true inspiration for the children. While this film is slow and a little bit boring, it does add a tiny tiny dash of science fiction into the mix, which will keep your interest from time to time.</p><p>The cinematography also helps this film a lot. The nice camera work takes what could be mediocre shots and turns them into pieces of art. Well, maybe I'm over exaggerating a little bit. I've seen better shot films, but I've also seen worse. The ending of this film is probably the most dramatic part of the film and the final shot ends the film nicely. Some people may not like it, but most people should appreciate it.</p><p>Nick Nolte really carries this film with his performance. No Nick Nolte equals lower rating. While his acting is good, his dialgoue isn't as great. His philosophical words actually starts out pretty interesting, but as the movie goes by it becomes old rather quickly. The beautiful Amy Smart is really underused. She has very little airtime, but at least her role is pretty important.</p><p>In the end, this can be a moving film, but it will only cater to certain people. If you don't mind a slow dramatic film, gymnastics, and Nick Nolte, this film is for you.
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2007
    Nice message, good movie, perhaps too slow and repetitive for me. For messages like this one, though, I prefer What the B#$@p do we know?, though. As I've stated before, it was too slow for me, maybe because it rambles a lot through the main knott, and forces it to be a 2h movie. I believe the story could have been more developed, but the movie still stays afloat. Good, good stuff.
    Liolia K Super Reviewer

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