Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic 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. 63
    Urban and Bloodgood make the most of their parts, locking eyes and arms, and occasionally using American English as if the snowy 10th century were another way of saying, "Where the après ski?"
  3. A bizarre, bloody adventure movie.
  4. After the first 1,000 or so beheadings, impalements and severed limbs, Pathfinder's slash may just induce sleep.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    It's undone by a murky palette, silly horror-movie cliches, dumb dialogue and a confusing climactic sequence.
  6. Pathfinder is aimed more at the action-figure crowd than the history buffs.
  7. Pathfinder's moody, muddy look is courtesy of music-video director Marcus Nispel, who doesn't distinguish between people and tree trunks when it comes to emotional content.
  8. 42
    If this uninspired fight-fest had been delayed out of existence, it's unlikely anyone would have missed it.
  9. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    For crying out loud, Marcus -- all you had to do was have Vikings fight Indians! How hard was that?
  10. Mainly it's messy, and I don't just mean the gouged-out eyeball in a puddle.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Like "300" and "Apocalypto," this latest bit of historical balder-dash stands in direct defiance of proven action-movie formulas, trusting its brutal concept and striking visuals to overcome a lack of star power.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    All cinematic creativity seems to have focused on devising the most repellent ways to maim and murder.
  13. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    The fault here lies in the film’s dead rhythm, which never lights the sparks necessary for an action film. The plot and action progress like an eroding lakeshore, but the energy and excitement are washed away in every scene.
  14. Reviewed by: Jessica Grose
    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.
  15. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    One of the funniest films of the year. That's not good news for this attempted action-adventure, which clearly lost its way in its own copious fog.
  16. Reviewed by: Colin Covert
    Too small to be a spectacle, too humorless to take seriously and too stupid to pass muster at a middle school writing workshop.
  17. 25
    The movie takes us on a journey to an ugly, contentious period in our misty, ancient past - all the way back to four months ago, when "Apocalypto" came out.
  18. 25
    In a way, it's perfect: You can't imagine anyone seeing this mess and not feeling lesser for the experience.
  19. It's a tedious experience in almost every way: The acting is numbingly one-note, the CGI work is unconvincing and often downright shoddy, and the action is poorly staged and framed so close you can never tell for sure who is lopping off whose head.
  20. The director, Marcus Nispel, takes his butchery very seriously. (He was the lead vivisectionist for the remake of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.") He may not be able to make this movie move, but, man, can he make an eyeball fly.
  21. Makes "Conan the Barbarian" seem like Dostoyevsky in its complexity.
  22. No more than a minute into this, and it becomes obvious that the next 98 are going to be trouble.
  23. 0
    Here's my nomination for future grindhouse double-bill from hell: Pathfinder and "Apocalypto."
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 7 out of 12
  1. Jun 13, 2013
    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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  2. Nov 23, 2012
    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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  3. Mar 2, 2011
    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. Full Review »