Peaceful Warrior

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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 tapDan 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

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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
    Sometimes in an imperfect movie there is consolation simply in regarding the actors.
  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. 40
    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. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    The film's biggest miracle is the straight face Nick Nolte maintains in his role as Socrates.
  7. 25
    One of those blessedly rare films based on a self-help book, is remarkable in one sense: It prevents "The Lake House" and its magical mailbox from being the most ridiculous concept on screen this summer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. BitaS.
    Apr 2, 2007
    10
    We need more movies like Peaceful Warrior, and far less movies as 300. What are we doing to our society? Where are the responsible 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
  2. SuzieG.
    Feb 21, 2008
    10
    This is an amazing movie. It really changed my perspective of things.
  3. Jan 20, 2016
    10
    you will either get to a certain point in your life where you get this, or you will just simply be like a movie critic, knowing all andyou will either get to a certain point in your life where you get this, or you will just simply be like a movie critic, knowing all and regurgitating each others bull on whats cool, whats real and whats not. i enjoyed it but then i don't judge anyone who doesn't, only kidding critics i love you wall. and i got this film and i still have a sense of humour :) Expand
  4. MichaelT.
    Aug 27, 2006
    9
    It was a little long but very enjoyable. I laughed and later shed a tear. Scott Mechlowicz was awesome as Dan Millman. Nick Nolte is always It was a little long but very enjoyable. I laughed and later shed a tear. Scott Mechlowicz was awesome as Dan Millman. Nick Nolte is always good. The movie didn't change my life; but it did brighten my day. Expand
  5. ElizabethF.
    Jul 29, 2006
    8
    Do not listen to the critics. You are looking for more purpose in your life than what you have at the present then this movie is for you. Do not listen to the critics. You are looking for more purpose in your life than what you have at the present then this movie is for you. This movie had a great spiritual message that can change you forever. Expand
  6. TommyS.
    Mar 31, 2007
    7
    Good move, but dragged a bit.
  7. Statikdog
    Jul 14, 2007
    1
    Are you guys on crack?!......This is truly a steaming turd. Like an afterschool special only a little goofier.

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