Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic 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. 88
    What's special about the film is at a deeper level, down where (Tykwer) engages with the souls of his characters.
  3. 83
    Every once in a while a picture comes along that captures not just love, but romance in all its fear, yearning, fantasy, eroticism and unexpected epiphanies. German filmmaker Tom Tykwer's The Princess and the Warrior is one such film.
  4. Deeply whimsical beneath its poker face, The Princess and the Warrior has the structure of an elaborate mind-teasing puzzle.
  5. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Eminently stylish, visually striking romantic thriller.
  6. Spellbinding on its own terms, a modernist fable with a madly romantic soul.
  7. 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.
  8. 80
    The cornerstone of this fascinating film is a peculiar but absolutely solid love story. In terms of intellectual and emotional stimulation, who could ask for more?
  9. 75
    An unpredictable, mythic tale about haunted outcasts that is both dazzling and disquieting.
  10. 75
    Vastly more explicit (be warned) and intelligent (than "Angel Eyes"). It also leads to much darker - and more interesting - places.
  11. Lacks the gimmicky hook that made "Run Lola Run" an arthouse hit, but it doesn't lack for ideas, nor for images that will sweep you up in their boldness and have the resonance of dreams.
  12. It's dreary and self-indulgent but has its crystalline moments.
  13. When (Tykwer) connects it's exhilarating and gorgeous, a sight to behold.
  14. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Goes on too long, and much of it is hooey, but it’s hard not to have a good time.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The film has its moments as a mood piece.
  17. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Nowhere near as dynamic as the title implies. It's hard not to think of it as ''Sleepwalk Lola Sleepwalk.''
  18. 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.
  19. 60
    Promising in its first third, only to end up shambling too aimlessly in the last. But as flawed as this picture is, there's one sequence in it that has already burrowed deep in my memory, and of everything in the movie, it's the one element that convinces me that Tykwer has it in him to one day make a truly great picture.
  20. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    (Tykwer's) unpredictability has become predictable, and the only thing genuinely uncanny here is the unsettling — and unintentional — sense of déjà vu.
  21. 50
    Tykwer ends the film on a bizarre note that caught me off guard, a too-literal bit of salvation that is more bothersome than revelatory.
  22. 50
    Tykwer may want meaning to go with his special effects, but the problem with his filmmaking, both here and earlier, is that he's more interested in his own bag of tricks than in actually saying something.
  23. 40
    An absurdist semi-romance between two traumatized somnambulists.
  24. Throughout, Tykwer reaches for mysteries he has no idea how to evoke, relying instead on his actors' empty stares.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »