The 13th Warrior
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A cultured diplomat joins a band of savage warriors in time to meet an even more fearsome enemy in this historical adventure. In 922 A.D., Ibn Fadlan (Antonio Banderas) is a Muslim emissary from Baghdad en route to meet with the King of Saqaliba when he is captured by a gang of Vikings. While Ibn and his people are intelligent and well-mannered, the Vikings are a rowdy and sometimes unpleasant lot, with an unquenchable appetite for food, alcohol, and women. However, in time he develops an understanding and respect for the Viking warriors and is welcomed into their society by their leader,… More

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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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