Peaceful Warrior (2006)

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Critic 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.
Rating: PG13 (for sensuality, sex references and accident scenes)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Victor Salva
Written By: Kevin Berhardt , Kevin Bernhardt , Bob Dolman , Anthony DiPietro
In Theaters: wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
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Cast

Nick Nolte
as Socrates
Scott Mechlowicz
as Dan Millman
Tim DeKay
as Coach Garrick
Paul Wesley
as Trevor Scott
Ashton Holmes
as Tommy Warner
B.J. Britt
as Kyle Williams
Tom Tarantini
as Thug With Gun
Ray Wise
as Dr. Hayden
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
Jim Bradley
as Commentator One
Tom Costello
as Dan's Neighbor
Paul Wasilewski
as Trevor Scott
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Critic Reviews for Peaceful Warrior

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (28)

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Full Review… | May 12, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

[A] watchable exercise in Zen hokum.

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Maybe there are worthy films buried in collections of spiritual homilies, but Peaceful Warrior is not one of them.

Full Review… | August 5, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

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Full Review… | August 4, 2006
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Don't go see Peaceful Warrior. Don't tell your friends about it. Try to forget you ever heard of the movie. Clear your mind and live in the now.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Detroit News
Top Critic

A movie about spiritual awakening that plays like a spliced-together string of New Age fortune cookie messages.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Peaceful Warrior

Kind of like a modern day Karate Kid, but with gymnastics instead of karate and with a whiskey- voiced Nick Nolte in the role of the old and wise "sensei", instead of Mr Miyagi. This movie might not be as good or memorable, but it's not that far from it either, as it does have a pretty solid and inspiring story. Even more so as it happens to be based on true events. It wouldn't have hurt with a little faster pacing though, because its draggy nature was unfortunately a bit off-putting and the biggest reason to why I couldn't give it more than 3 out of 5 stars.

Mike S
Mike S
½

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.

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 Cool Runnings. 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.

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.

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.

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 Skacto
JY Skacto

Not for the faint of heart, or mind. This is indeed a deep and inspiring movie, oftentimes we ourselves question why we do what we do. Confronting that, is the hard thing.

Matthew Comer
Matthew Comer

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