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  • Summary: Ibn Fahdlan (Banderas), an important emissary who is banished from his homeland, comes across a band of Norse warriors who coerce him into joining them when they are summoned to fight mysterious creatures legendary for consuming every living thing in their path. Eventually surrounded by theIbn Fahdlan (Banderas), an important emissary who is banished from his homeland, comes across a band of Norse warriors who coerce him into joining them when they are summoned to fight mysterious creatures legendary for consuming every living thing in their path. Eventually surrounded by the frightening and ferocious foe, Ibn must conquer his personal fears and help battle the illusive invaders who emerge out of the shroud of fog in the black of night. (Touchstone Pictures) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27
  1. The most unexpectedly audacious, exhilarating, wildly creative adventure thriller I've seen in ages.
  2. My biggest complaint: Following two nasty bloodbaths and an invasion of the creatures' lair, the final showdown seems anti-climactic.
  3. 60
    For the most part it delivers the goods.
  4. 40
    Indulges in enough grubby histrionics and costume-adventure cliches to give you fifth-grade flashbacks.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Bloody but anemic story.
  6. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    20
    Mud-stained, blood-soaked and completely useless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Jan 21, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This movie was butchered by the Disney editors- a shame. There's just barely enough continuity in the story line to keep it afloat. Nevertheless, we enjoyed it immensely. Yeah, you'll have to 'suspend belief' for a while and extrapolate a little to make up for the editing. Ahmad ibn Fadlan meets the Seven Samurai, or another "Dirty Dozen" that includes a 'fish out of water'.

    Originally, this was a 2+ hour movie. Hopefully, someday the original version with come out on DVD or BR. A long-shot pipe dream considering Disney owns the rights and it lost money in its' theatrical release.
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  2. Jan 5, 2014
    10
    There seem to be very diverse opinions on this. It is probably hard to tell what the original was like since it went through a messy re-shootThere seem to be very diverse opinions on this. It is probably hard to tell what the original was like since it went through a messy re-shoot and re-edit process. What was finally shown has some superb scenes and some very atmospheric settings; the opening scenes in particular are first rate. Perhaps as a result of having too many cooks, the second half does become a bit scrappy, but there's enough even there. I'm giving it a high rating because, despite what happens towards the end, the best scenes throughout are superior to anything in just about any other period action movie I have seen. Expand
  3. Dec 23, 2011
    10
    This is one of the top movies of all time. It's greatness is not measured in a single viewing but in multiple viewings. It is one of the fewThis is one of the top movies of all time. It's greatness is not measured in a single viewing but in multiple viewings. It is one of the few movies I watch over and over again, each time with more pleasure. Most movies do not inspire repeated viewings, but this one does. I've checked all my friends and they all have a copy of this movie and all feel the same way. Although upon first viewing you may indeed think it is a 7 out of 10, you will find this movie sticks with you and quickly grows on you making it that rare 10 out of 10.
    Watch it. I don't give spoilers you can find them on the net if you really want them.
    I mean it watch it.
    stop reading and go rent, buy, borough or steal it.... don't steal it... it's Christmas, so be good!
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  4. KevinC.
    Jul 31, 2006
    9
    Beautifully filmed yet gruesome. For action/ adventure you don't get much better. Based on the Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf, it lives up to Beautifully filmed yet gruesome. For action/ adventure you don't get much better. Based on the Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf, it lives up to the expectation of heroism and tragedy. Weakness in fleshing out the characters is compensated by tearing flesh. Expand
  5. Sep 23, 2012
    6
    The 13th Warrior is a nice little flick about Norsemen badassery. They clang swords, best man and beast and drink mead 'till vallhalla come.The 13th Warrior is a nice little flick about Norsemen badassery. They clang swords, best man and beast and drink mead 'till vallhalla come. Not much to say beyond that except I thought it was fun. Expand
  6. May 13, 2011
    6
    Not a bad little action movie, not high art but entertaining. Antonio Benderas from back when he was kinda cool. I think the smarest thing wasNot a bad little action movie, not high art but entertaining. Antonio Benderas from back when he was kinda cool. I think the smarest thing was that they don't drag the movie on and on, a quick, nice little action esk movie can be nice from time to time. Expand
  7. RavenX301
    Aug 19, 2007
    5
    Does anyone realize this is a complete rip from Seven Samuri? or does your filmogly even compute that?

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