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  • Summary: Dan Millman (Mechlowicz) is a talented college gymnast with Olympic dreams. He has it all: trophies, teammates, fast motorcycles, fast girls and wild parties. Then Dan's world is turned upside down when he meets a mysterious stranger he calls Socrates (Nolte), who holds the power to tap into new worlds of strength and understanding. After a serious injury, with the help of Socrates and an elusive young woman named Joy (Smart), Dan discovers that he has much to learn and even more to leave behind before he can become a peaceful warrior and find his destiny. This moving tale about the power of the human spirit is based on Dan Millman's best-selling autobiographical novel, Way of the Peaceful Warrior. (Lionsgate) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 23
  2. Negative: 9 out of 23
  1. Strong performances by Scott Mechlowicz as Millman and Nick Nolte as the mysterious mechanic who changes his life ground the film in effective drama.
  2. 63
    The result is something close to a textbook example of how NOT to visualize spiritual principles of the "be here now" variety.
  3. Cult-favorite director Victor Salva ("Jeepers Creepers" I & II) is a competent visual storyteller and the film believes in itself so strongly (and with such a straight face) that it's hard not to halfway enjoy it.
  4. 42
    The "What The Bleep Do We Know?" crowd may well receive the film's wisdom like communion, but the rest of us are free to gag when Salva tries to jam it down our throats.
  5. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    For all its manifest corniness, this is an achingly sincere and supremely unembarrassed effort to transform an audience for the good. Its heart is very much in the right place - a place that movies all but ignore - but its mind is a mush.
  6. By the end of the film's two-hour stream of Be-Here-Now-isms, anyone left in the audience will be wanting to yell, "Put a sock in it!" to old Soc.
  7. 25
    Peaceful Warrior fails pitifully at being transcendent. This New Age movie about living in the moment gets you looking at your watch and squirming in your seat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. SuzieG.
    Feb 21, 2008
    This is an amazing movie. It really changed my perspective of things.
  2. NicoleV.
    Jul 25, 2006
    This movie definitely surpassed what I expected. It was a great, inspirational movie, and based on true events of the author, that I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. I wasn't sure that I would like that the movie revolves around a gymnatist and a garage mechanic, but it was a movie with feeling, excitement, and humor that it kept my interest the whole way. I really appreciate a more thought provoking movie, rather than the many movies out these days about violence. Expand
  3. BitaS.
    Apr 2, 2007
    We need more movies like Peaceful Warrior, and far less movies as 300. What are we doing to our society? Where are the responsible filmmakers? How come our society craves more violence than peace? Is there ever an answer to these questions? I believe there is, only if a filmmaker holds himself responsible for feeding good food to the audience. Expand
  4. MichelleC.
    Jun 23, 2006
    This was spiritual and lovely even if it was a little slow and too long.
  5. VeronicaE.
    Apr 14, 2007
    Enjoyable and inspirational. The Peaceful Warrior charged me up. I was relieved that the essence of the book was strong and that its message of transformation could be lively and fun. What a relief that movies can be an event that lifts us to greater perspectives. I noticed that the critics are so in their cyncal marketable heads. But how refreshing it is when we can hold possibility and even revel in it for two beyond the rush we get from violence and suspicion. Maybe we can create more and better movies that challenge us to experience our own potential. Expand
  6. PaulK.
    Jun 22, 2006
    I enjoyed this but it did not live up to my expectations after viewing the trailer. However, if you have an interest, definitely check it out.
  7. Statikdog
    Jul 14, 2007
    Are you guys on crack?!......This is truly a steaming turd. Like an afterschool special only a little goofier.

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