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  • Summary: Director Tom Tykwer reunites with his "Run Lola Run" star Franka Potente in this film about the relationship between a small time criminal and a shy psychiatric nurse who meet as the result of a horrible accident.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. A heady yet disciplined work, a dazzling fable of love, destiny and redemption.
  2. You don't have any idea what's going to happen next. You're not caught in a movie, so much as a narrative stratagem.
  3. Deeply whimsical beneath its poker face, The Princess and the Warrior has the structure of an elaborate mind-teasing puzzle.
  4. It's dreary and self-indulgent but has its crystalline moments.
  5. Princess is far more contemplative than "Run Lola Run," far less energized, and the little tricks of fate that made his last film so unique seem like sophomoric affectations here.
  6. 63
    Tykwer made Potente a star in Run Lola Run, and here she repays him 10 times over. Without her force of gravity, this film would waft into the ether.
  7. Throughout, Tykwer reaches for mysteries he has no idea how to evoke, relying instead on his actors' empty stares.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. May 27, 2011
    I don't understand Tom Tykwer. He makes two kinds of movies: rippers (Winter-sleepers, Heaven) and stinkers. this is one of the latter. This has the same adolescent fantasy plot devices as Run, Lola, Run, but that film was more of a festival / music video peice of fun. Franka Potente is great as ever, but this meandering mess cannot be saved. Expand

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