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Peaceful Warrior
Jeepers Creepers director Victor Salva takes a break from the horror to offer an inspirational tale about the remarkable power of the human spirit as the pages of Dan Millman's best-selling autobiographical novel come to life onscreen in this life-affirming film starring Nick Nolte, Scott Mechlowicz, and Amy Smart. A talented college gymnast with serious Olympic aspirations, Dan Millman (Mechlowicz) leads a charmed life of first-place trophies, fast girls, and rowdy parties until a career-threatening injury and a chance meeting with a mysterious stranger named Socrates (Nolte) show him how… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

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"[A] watchable exercise in Zen hokum."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A movie about spiritual awakening that plays like a spliced-together string of New Age fortune cookie messages."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Like Karate Kid -- without the karate."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"This is an average movie that's chock-full of New-Age-y self help. And not much else."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"You will not learn how to levitate to the roof of a service station. In fact, the answer to that part of the story is a lemon -- but you knew it would be, didn't you?"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Maybe there are worthy films buried in collections of spiritual homilies, but Peaceful Warrior is not one of them."
‑ Hap Erstein, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Starting with the title and extending everywhere else, Peaceful Warrior is blatantly ludicrous."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"...surprisingly inventive..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"claims to be 'inspired by true events'; the movie does not, however, specify the planet on which these events allegedly took place. ... a perfect companion piece to last year's dim-witted 'Stick It'..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The message is good, even if the delivery is repetitive, ham-handed and...equal parts disturbing and amusing."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Don't go see Peaceful Warrior. Don't tell your friends about it. Try to forget you ever heard of the movie. Clear your mind and live in the now."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"You're in the moment all right, experiencing every passing minute ticking off in slow motion until the blasted thing comes to a merciful end."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"The film's tone is indeed mystically propelled, but while these elements seem far fetched, the sheer depth of commitment by the cast make us overlook that."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Warrior is a good-looking film that feels more like an allegory about the power of positive thinking than a drama."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Only in filmmaker Victor Salva's world are impossibly chiseled, Abercrombie-ready gymnasts worshipped by their peers on college campuses and in adjoining dive bars."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Charlotte Weekly
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