The Warrior's Way


The Warrior's Way

Critics Consensus

Perfectly, thoroughly divisive, The Warrior's Way will either be delightful or unbearable, depending on your tolerance for surreal, shamelessly over the top collisions of eastern and western clichés.



Total Count: 41


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User Ratings: 26,675
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An Asian warrior assassin is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands.

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Critic Reviews for The Warrior's Way

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (29)

  • While the movie seems designed to be a breakout for Jang, it's Lee whose work actually makes an impression. You guess he'll be back - hopefully, playing it straight next time.

    Dec 9, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Tom Russo

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • The film's details suggest potential for a lively, bizarre, action-comedy cult classic. It just never comes together the way it needs to.

    Dec 7, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • The ingredients here congeal into a gooey mess that is not without amusing moments.

    Dec 7, 2010 | Full Review…
  • The Warrior's Way never achieves awesomeness, mostly because it never fully embraces its elementary-school playground aesthetic.

    Dec 7, 2010 | Full Review…

    Josh Levin

    Top Critic
  • To damn his agreeable campfest with faint praise, The Warrior's Way is easily the best circus-themed, martial-arts-heavy action-comedy oater of the year.

    Dec 6, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Set in a fantastical ghost town with a resident circus troupe and filmed on studio sets, it looks like a Sergio Leone epic as staged by Fellini, or by Lars von Trier.

    Dec 3, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Warrior's Way

  • Dec 31, 2013
    Pretty cool. I like the whole genre-bending thing this movie has going for it. great combat sequences and cinematography. The characters are kind of annoying at times but overall the movie's pretty solid.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2012
    Hell I don't know about the rest of you guys but I really liked it! Kind of like a new fangled spaghetti western withkungnfu and swordplay ninja style. Hellofa great free Netflix movie. Kate bosworth is as usual hot! And I like this new Kung fu actor Kung fu fat!
    Chad R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2012
    Having succeeded at the challenge of becoming the world's greatest swordsman, Yang(Dong-gun Jang) seeks an even greater challenge, namely that of raising an infant girl. His bosses now aim to kill him, not so much for his wanting to adopt a child but because he did not kill all of his enemies' families when he had the chance. Fleeing, they end up in a small town in the American west where Yang's friend is long gone. That's okay says Lynne(Kate Bosworth). She'll teach him how to do the laundry in exchange for him teaching her how to throw knives. "The Warrior's Way" manages the unenviable task of being simultaneously humdrum, cartoonish and over the top, with a threat of sexual violence thrown in for good measure. To start, mixing genres is not a bad idea, really; it's mixing plots that's the problem here. And while I applaud any man of violence finding his inner gardener, since Yang has to do something to occupy his time until 7000 bad guys show up, it is something of a slog to watch, though. Yes, the movie has a distinct look with the ferris wheel dominating what there is of the skyline but the CGI all but ruins the mood which is already suffering from the awkward and painful attempts at humor. So, while Kate Bosworth is involved in the movie's sole moment of grace, her performance as the Annie Oakley of sharp pointy things is grating to say the least. Now, if someone could please explain to me what Geoffrey Rush is supposed to be doing here, I'll be very happy.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2012
    I haven't heard anything about this movie prior to watching it. I saw Mr. Rush on the casting list and decided that I wanted to see it. I found this movie to be very interesting and different. I am a sucker for beautiful visual effects, therefore I found this movie to be worthy of a high rating. Everything seemed very different because of the combination of various genres (western, action, martial arts, comedy & romance). I have also got a new found respect for Kate Bosworth because she pulled the part of so beautifully. This is a major accomplishment for director Sngmoo Lee, as this is his first movie ever. But my all time favorite thing about this movie was the adorable little baby. I loved her cute facial expressions.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer

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