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  • Summary: In an untamed, primordial America, 500 years before Columbus will reach its shores, unfolds an epic battle between love and hate that will change one man’s destiny and the future of a nation: Pathfinder. (20th Century Fox)
  • Director: Marcus Nispel
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
  • Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 99 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 23
  2. Negative: 12 out of 23
  1. Nicely balances action and adventure with American Indian wisdom and a modest romance to provide a graphic-comic-book movie experience for males in urban markets.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    It's undone by a murky palette, silly horror-movie cliches, dumb dialogue and a confusing climactic sequence.
  3. A bizarre, bloody adventure movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    All cinematic creativity seems to have focused on devising the most repellent ways to maim and murder.
  5. Reviewed by: Jessica Grose
    30
    There is one redeeming skirmish -- the climactic fight involving a snowy cliff and an elaborate pulley system -- but from the guy who's directed videos for Cher, Amy Grant, Billy Joel, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony? We expected more.
  6. Reviewed by: Colin Covert
    25
    Too small to be a spectacle, too humorless to take seriously and too stupid to pass muster at a middle school writing workshop.
  7. 0
    Here's my nomination for future grindhouse double-bill from hell: Pathfinder and "Apocalypto."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 7 out of 12
  1. Mar 2, 2011
    9
    Though it has some plot hole it's still a fantastic action movie, if you like gory action movies, this will not disappoint, it's a lot of fun to watch if your into this kind of thing. Expand
  2. Oct 4, 2010
    7
    Great violence. . . Horrible plot. . . but still entertaining. This movie would have been epic if they dispensed with english throughout the whole feature and didn't elaborate on the plot details as much to focus on the good vs evil battle taking place in a farcical action movie way. Expand
  3. Jun 13, 2013
    6
    Pathfinder was not nearly as bad as many people are making it out to be. True, the editing was mediocre at best, with the seasons clearly out of whack. There were some pretty odd issues with language as well. The filmmakers relied on some trite Native American imagery and stereotypes...

    But Pathfinder was obviously never about the plot or silly Viking outfits. Ultimately I think the filmmakers wanted to impress upon the viewers the starkness of the landscape of "uncivilized" North America, and how the people who lived there survived. One of the best lines in the movie is delivered when Ghost tells his lady friend that the Vikings know eternal winter, but "don't know our spring." I think the movie, in its own kind of botched way, did a good job conveying the awe, reverence and fear that the people who lived in N.A. had for the seasons and the natural environment.
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  4. Nov 23, 2012
    1
    Its hard to describe why this film is so bad. Its like every single element of the film is mediocre and this all adds up to it being one of the worst films I've ever seen.

    The sound is poor - barely any dialogue, barely any music to build atmosphere.

    The colour is poor - the whole film is filmed in the "boring dull colours" style, so its just depressing to watch and incredibly tedious after a while. Although some snow does appear to change the scene a bit.

    The acting is non existent. There isn't really any dialogue, so no way for any characters to develop.

    The action is pretty poor as well due to an overuse of slow motion. Some parts aren't bad, but the rest of the film is so poor that its difficult to get excited about any of it.

    The filming is generally poor. In many scenes you find yourself wishing the camera would zoom out so you could actually see whats going on. The story is uninspired and really doesn't work as there are no characters to care about.

    The film is also too long seeing as nothing really happens in it.

    Having said all this, it really is worth watching to calibrate your opinion on other films. If you think a particular film is the worst you've ever seen and haven't seen this film, you need to watch this.
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