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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. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    80
    Eminently stylish, visually striking romantic thriller.
  3. Deeply whimsical beneath its poker face, The Princess and the Warrior has the structure of an elaborate mind-teasing puzzle.
  4. When (Tykwer) connects it's exhilarating and gorgeous, a sight to behold.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    The film has its moments as a mood piece.
  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. UnbearableLightness
    Dec 16, 2003
    10
    Brilliant.
  2. amurabim.
    Jan 10, 2006
    5
    This long and overrated film is made for tom "lola" tykwer. the original version rus along three hours and a half, but this version is "just" This long and overrated film is made for tom "lola" tykwer. the original version rus along three hours and a half, but this version is "just" two hours long, and it happens than this version is too cut, too edited to get something coherent, but it fails to do it. tykwer made so many subplots, so many characters than all of them are not "detail" but distractions of the original story. there are so many twists and turns than just works to bother and distract over the love story. of course, is exquisitely filmed but all the gimmicks, tricks and that hyperkinetic mise en scène are seems like something redundant and vacuous. the plot involving potente and furmann love story seems short and restrained to be more anecdotic than the actually main premise. it feels disappointing because is too brainy, too forced to play mind tricks, and too forced artsy and intellectual. "run lola run" works because has the same characteristics hidden in that popular taste and in "der krieger un die kaiserin" tant subltlety is hidden in a madhouse. Expand
  3. May 27, 2011
    4
    I don't understand Tom Tykwer. He makes two kinds of movies: rippers (Winter-sleepers, Heaven) and stinkers. this is one of the latter. ThisI 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. Collapse

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