Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Most of all, it's a film for moviegoers who love powerful stories and ravishing imagery: timeless, eternal, the kind of tales handed from one generation and culture to the next -- and alive in all of them.
  2. 75
    What is best in the film is its depiction of the warrior's epic journey, photographed with breathtaking beauty and simplicity by Roman Osin.
  3. It's a compelling minimalist drama about spiritual evolution, with strong performances and exotic locations.
  4. 63
    What really makes 'The Warrior worthwhile is its indomitable soul.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    The Warrior may be mighty of sword but he is exceedingly limp of writing. We never learn why he went bad in the first place, or what causes his sudden conversion. If the audience is expected to do most of the work, we should be paid $10.50 each.
  6. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    This is a timeless tale; the time period is irrelevant as the story is a profoundly personal one about trying to reject the strong internal drive for vengeance.
  7. Asif Kapadia's blazing feature debut, a gorgeously photographed saga with a fine sense of the way place shapes personality, has won numerous awards in the filmmaker's native Britain.
  8. 90
    Scaled like an epic but possessing the narrative simplicity of a fable, The Warrior unfolds over a brisk 85 minutes of screen time, keeping dialogue to a minimum as it celebrates the power of stories told through handcrafted, CGI-free images.
  9. 80
    It is chockablock with brutality, but the violence is of the high-minded, self-congratulatory sort that indicates without actually showing.
  10. Reviewed by: Laura Kern
    A minimalist but strikingly beautiful tale of renounced violence told with uncommon precision and depth.
  11. Reviewed by: Uday Benegal
    Visual grandiloquence more than makes up for the bare-bones dialogue. But while high on mysticism and vast in scale, The Warrior seems more poised than poetic, and ultimately landscape proves to be the film's real grabber.
  12. 40
    Boasts an action-movie plot and an action-movie title, but precious little action. It's a lovely film about brutal men, but its integrity and visual splendor ultimately can't make up for its overall lack of visceral excitement.
  13. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Tendency to go for art rather than action, and a leisurely pace that isn't bolstered by much dialogue or food for thought.
  14. The plot is simple to the point of being simplistic, and the characterizations are never more than rudimentary.
  15. What begins as Lafcadia's journey into the heart of darkness ends as his pilgrimage into the light. Stunning.
  16. The title-character's redemption comes very slowly. But if you have patience, this is a stately, beautifully composed story.
  17. 50
    The film's epic look is undermined by his narrow focus; in the end it feels rather thin and less than the sum of its handsome parts.
  18. There's more than a nod to Sergio Leone in Kapadia's rugged wide-screen landscapes, minimal dialogue, and extreme close-ups, but there's scant humor to relieve the harshness, and though he has presence Khan is no Eastwood--or even a Mifune.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. BarryW.
    May 2, 2006
    Simple yet powerfully moving. Beautifully photographed and acted.