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42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27
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  1. The most unexpectedly audacious, exhilarating, wildly creative adventure thriller I've seen in ages.
  2. A deeply pleasurable, old-fashioned blood-'n'-guts adventure film.
  3. It falls short where it counts: In the final confrontation.
  4. My biggest complaint: Following two nasty bloodbaths and an invasion of the creatures' lair, the final showdown seems anti-climactic.
  5. A straightforward, no-nonsense, agreeably old-fashioned historical action movie.
  6. Has a remote feel. It sometimes impresses but never soars.
  7. 60
    For the most part it delivers the goods.
  8. Warrior has the underwritten, overproduced bluster of "Conan the Barbarian."
  9. Reviewed by: Gary Dauphin
    50
    A well-marbled, albeit derivative, slab of action-movie man meat.
  10. Gives you the delirious thrill of ripping off your enemy's head and watching the blood gush by providing a ringside seat.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Dramatically empty Norse warrior adventure.
  12. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    About everything is big in The 13th Warrior except the writing, which is microscopic.
  13. Terrible, unnamable enemies turn out to be uncompelling indeed.
  14. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Bloody but anemic story.
  15. Thinking too much about the contents will ruin what little pleasure there is in the experience.
  16. 40
    Reminiscent of the opening moments of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," actually, only without the clever wit.
  17. Too lightweight and streamlined to be memorable.
  18. 40
    McTiernan's extensive action background is nowhere evident in the murky, all-but-impossible to follow battle sequences.
  19. 40
    Indulges in enough grubby histrionics and costume-adventure cliches to give you fifth-grade flashbacks.
  20. In tackling 1000 A.D., (McTiernan)'s suddenly an unwieldy, clunky filmmaker.
  21. Just a great, empty wind machine.
  22. 38
    Lumbering from one expensive set piece to the next without taking the time to tell us a story that might make us care.
  23. 30
    With the possible exception of the action sequences and the occassionally imaginitive set design, it's awful.
  24. Silly supernatural Viking epic.
  25. 25
    A grand, eye-popping film, a beautifully photographed epic with the depth of a Bugs Bunny Cartoon.
  26. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    20
    Mud-stained, blood-soaked and completely useless.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. 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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  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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »