Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 23
  2. Negative: 9 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    The cast is quite good. But Peaceful Warrior, which is basically "The Karate Kid" with a bigger kid and a bigger mentor, represents a journey of predictability, rather than a destination worth the trouble.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The film's biggest miracle is the straight face Nick Nolte maintains in his role as Socrates.
  4. The intriguing thing about The Peaceful Warrior is that nothing else in the movie feels haphazard.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    The sage-elder/wayward-charge saga Peaceful Warrior aims for inspirational highs but mostly feels like a self-help book read aloud by actors.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Tries to be "The Karate Kid" of gymnastics. It looks more like "The Karate Kid" as imagined by Details magazine.
  8. This woozily uplifting saga is big on homilies and deficient in just about everything else.
  9. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Nov 16, 2013
    Esta pelicula me gusto, no tanto pero me gusto."Peaceful Warrior" pudo haber sido una mejor pelicula sino hubiera malgastado un guion con el que se podia hacer una mejor pelicula, puede ser que Scott Mechlowicz haya actuado bien pero el guion fue abrumadoramente malo.De esta pelicula solo salvo algunas escenas que me gustaron. Full Review »