The 13th Warrior
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Michael Crichton's story is underdeveloped and narrow in range, resulting in a tale more curious for its odd confluence of elements than for their edifying deployment."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A big cathartic blast."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Exciting battle sequences, intriguing period costumes, fascinating cinematography, and stirring background music contribute to the epic nature of 'The 13th Warrior.'"
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Mr. Crichton may have found the perfect venue for his particular brand of character underdevelopment."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"It harks back to the late 1950s when people actually made movies about Vikings and other seafaring heroes named Sinbad and Jason."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"At its best, this achieves the beauty and grandeur of a Kurosawa epic -- at its worst, however, it feels like a Python remake of The Vikings."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"With a budget said to be more than $100 million, it displays a lot of cash on the screen, but little thought."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
""The 13th Warrior" is a brazen attempt to brand Antonio Banderas as an A-lister with a C-grade script. Failure attends."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Shelved for over a year and probably heavily edited, it's better than it could have been."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An entertaining and serviceable adaptation. Dennis Storhoi delivers an awesome performance. Weak aspects of story made up for by great action."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"The film is fascinating to watch, but I can hardly say what it's about, other than people killing each other."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Loaded with potential, it's puzzlingly overblown and distant, as if its huge budget were an albatross around its neck."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Jerry Goldsmith's rousing score exhibits more personality than any of the actors--or anything else in the film, for that matter."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"If you're in the mood to watch heads, arms and other appendages getting chopped off, this movie is for you."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"Although the subject matter is not too pleasant and the gore is turned up to 11, Crichton's film is an excellent Nordic war story."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
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