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The sole survivor of a Viking "dragon" vessel shipwrecked on the eastern shores of the New World 15 years ago provides the only hope for the a Native American tribe faced with certain destruction by Norse berserkers in director Marcus Nispel's (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) dark action adventure. Reared by the Wampanoag tribe following a failed attempt by the Vikings to raid coastal villages for slaves, a ten-year-old shipwreck survivor is nicknamed "Ghost" by his adoptive tribe due to his pale complexion and blond hair. Legend says that death and destruction will follow… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pathfinder's main appeal will be to connoisseurs of gore, who will find no shortage of graphically rendered stabbings, shootings, smashings, severings and slicings."
‑ Joshua Land, Time Out New York
"This latest bit of historical balder-dash stands in direct defiance of proven action-movie formulas, trusting its brutal concept and striking visuals to overcome a lack of star power."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"The fault here lies in the film's dead rhythm, which never lights the sparks necessary for an action film. The plot and action progress like an eroding lakeshore, but the energy and excitement are washed away in every scene."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"Metal heads will be in Valhalla; everyone else should find a different path."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC
"Never has an idea of such splendid nuttiness been so squandered to the god of neurotic style."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"The movie is filmed in a way that makes it seem like the camera has epilepsy and the color desaturation renders everything murky. Someone should remind director Marcus Nispel that there's a difference between making a music video and a feature film."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"As dim and dank as a power failure in a peepshow, Pathfinder is Apocalypto without the laughs or 300 without the muscular visuals and elevating dialogue."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Imagine a heavy metal album cover come suddenly to life and you pretty much have the measure of Pathfinder."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian [UK]
"The plot and action progress like an eroding lakeshore, but the energy and excitement are washed away in every scene."
‑ , Film Threat
"Gory but disappointing."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Pathfinder's moody, muddy look is courtesy of music-video director Marcus Nispel, who doesn't distinguish between people and tree trunks when it comes to emotional content."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"The official Pathfinder Web site is far more interesting than the movie itself, and you'll get better history lessons from the Vikings of Minnesota."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Without anything more to offer, the choreographed carnage gets stale very quickly."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Pathfinder is simultaneously action-packed and a total bore, a strange movie that never seems to move even though it consists of almost nothing but violence."
‑ Jim Hemphill,
"There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think slow-motion is cool and those who do not. If you are of the former, I can recommend Pathfinder."
‑ Marrit Ingman, Austin Chronicle
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