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Peaceful Warrior Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 23, 2006
The story arc of Peaceful Warrior is so familiar that in addition to being inspired by fact, it is inspired by at least two-thirds of all the sports movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2006
You'd have to be either an avid New Ager or willing to see Nick Nolte in absolutely anything to get fully onboard for this visually overexcited tale of salvation-by-gas-station-guru.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 22, 2006
Peaceful Warrior, which is basically The Karate Kid with a bigger kid and a bigger mentor, represents a journey of predictability, rather than a destination worth the trouble.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 5, 2006
The soundtrack here is piercingly awful, the gymnastics routines hold little suspense, and after a while I just wanted Socrates to give it a rest.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 22, 2006
A screwy mash-up of The Karate Kid, The Celestine Prophecy and an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog.
| Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
June 3, 2006
It is hard to overlook how tired and tiresome the movie is.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 13, 2006
All this stuff is probably right. It's just that the director, Victor Salva, underscores his points with thunderous obviousness and manipulates us through ham-handed plot gambits.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 2, 2006
Based on the story by gymnast Dan Millman, the movie tries to be inspirational and profound, but much of the dialogue sounds like it came out of a fortune cookie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
July 1, 2006
The only thing that works in Peaceful Warrior is the compellingly oddball performance by Nick Nolte.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
June 22, 2006
Even actual therapy wouldn't be this monotonous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Koehler
May 2, 2006
So under the spell of the be-here-now philosophy of Dan Millman's New Age-y memoir from which it was drawn that it loses sight of the need to credibly dramatize the ideas.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 14, 2006
It has deep things to say and a hilariously ponderous way of saying them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 14, 2006
You're in the moment all right, experiencing every passing minute ticking off in slow motion until the blasted thing comes to a merciful end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 28, 2006
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 | Original Score: D
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 22, 2006
Dan's transformation hits the kinds of snags that might occur in real life but spell doom for narrative momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 23, 2006
As a gymnastic movie, it almost works (think of it like a decent routine that's flawed by a hop on the landing).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
July 22, 2006
Starting with the title and extending everywhere else, Peaceful Warrior is blatantly ludicrous.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Randy Myers
Contra Costa Times
June 2, 2006
This 'wake up and smell the roses' philosophy is sweet, but in Warrior, it comes across as trite and manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kevin Biggers
June 1, 2006
While speaking with Millman recently about Peaceful Warrior, the author confirmed that my Chicken Soup Theory had severely plagued the many versions of script.
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