Metascore
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Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Dec 6, 2010
    75
    The result is way out there - so far that you won't quite recognize the terrain, and still feel strangely at home. The look has the impossible feel of a CGI soundstage: Not cheap, not even necessarily fake, just… weird.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Dec 6, 2010
    70
    A visually inspired multi-genre amalgamation, a borderline-surreal folly that suggests a martial-arts action-adventure co-directed by Sergio Leone and Federico Fellini.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Dec 7, 2010
    60
    Someone surely thought to call this knowingly ridiculous genre mash-up "Cowboys vs. Ninjas," though even that title wouldn't hint at all the you-gotta-be-kidding-me craziness on display.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Dec 6, 2010
    60
    The sometimes impressive visual effects make these battles entertaining, in a mindless way, but it's impossible to work up any feeling about them. The only thing supplying that is the occasional laugh, pout or gurgle by Ms. Rudd.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    While the movie seems designed to be a breakout for Jang, it's Lee whose work actually makes an impression.
  6. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Dec 6, 2010
    50
    One ticket buys you cowboys, samurais, gangsters, ninjas, spaghetti Westerns, Hong Kong martial artists, knife throwers and even Fellini-esque circus performers. But like kimchi pasta, some things aren't meant to mix.
  7. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Dec 8, 2010
    40
    Drained of much of its presumed power by a distinct "been there, seen that" vibe.
  8. Reviewed by: Steve Ramos
    Dec 7, 2010
    40
    Genre movies like The Warrior's Way are all about pleasing core fan boys. While the film claims dazzling visuals, Lee fails to deliver the type of never-before-seen martial arts fights fans demand.
  9. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Dec 6, 2010
    38
    A genre mash-up that never quite achieves "So very bad it's good" status.
  10. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Dec 6, 2010
    33
    There isn't a shred of subtlety in their clowning - or in any part of the movie, which clumsily shoots for operatic highs and lows. But with so many borrowed bits and pieces, the only feeling it successfully evokes is déjà vu.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Dec 6, 2010
    30
    South Korean filmmaker Sngmoo Lee's debut feature is less a genre-spanning romp than a tiresome lab experiment in computer-generated tropes and green-screen oppressiveness.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
  1. Sep 7, 2011
    5
    The movie was brazen but bizarre; A Quentin Tarantino styled start with cool action, but after a few lethargic twists it fails to deliver its true premise. Full Review »
  2. Aug 3, 2011
    0
    Now this was a truly awful movie. It couldn't decide if it was an artistic movie or action movie with it being niether one. The story was a bad cookie cutter comic book cliche that resembled a 12 year old's fantasy. It was hard to care about anything that happened and the mix of a western/martial arts fantasy was nothing more than stupid. The action elements were like bad video game cinematics that try to look cool and the dialogue was like listening to children trying to sound like grown-ups. A real piece of garbage that should be avoided at all cost. Full Review »
  3. Dec 6, 2010
    8
    Not entirely what i expected, which was non-stop action, but a cool story with well acted, interesting characters. The direction and cinematography were excellent. The movie benefits a great deal from not taking itself to seriously. A really nice surprise; kind of like a live action anime. Full Review »