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A cold-blooded warrior strives to become a man of peace in this strikingly photographed drama from writer and director Asif Kapadia. Lafcadia (Irfan Khan) is a steel-nerved professional soldier who works as a lawman for the corrupt leader of a local political regime (Anupam Shyam). Lafcadia is valuable to the tyrant for his ability to kill without mercy, but when he's sent with his compatriots to massacre the people of a small village who've been delinquent in paying their taxes, Lafcadia is struck by a vision of a young girl standing on a mountain overlooking the carnage. The vision… More

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"It is hardly the most original story, but Kapadia, the British-born son of Indian immigrants, infuses it so much with stately resonance and spiritual reverence, that it never seems remotely shopworn, much less laborious."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A film for moviegoers who love powerful stories and ravishing imagery."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A meaningful, and well paced tale of a killer seeking redemption in a world that's felt his touch of death."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A starkly beautiful and poignant film of evil, family, transformation and redemption set in ancient India."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A sublime rarity, with its renegade warrior's inner struggle reflecting our wayward society's quest to rediscover its lost soul."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Long before the end, it takes on the quality of a wise fable and reveals itself as an enriching experience."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"There's a pinch of Akira Kurosawa, a sprinkle of Clint Eastwood, and heaps of originality in this."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
""The Warrior" is a timeless and lyrical movie set against the stunning beauty of the Himalayan Mountains."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Considering that this is a film set in feudal India of an indefinite era, the film should be surprisingly thoughtful and engaging for American audience."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
"If subtitles turn you off of foreign movies, you won't have much of a problem with this one. Most of the film is carried by Khan's expressive face."
‑ Dan Lybarger,
"If you can forgive its lapses in storytelling and character development, then Kapadia's 2001 feature filmmaking debut delivers, at minimum, an impressive visual account of a worthwhile spiritual journey."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"What is best in the film is its depiction of the warrior's epic journey, photographed with breathtaking beauty and simplicity by Roman Osin."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Its deadly pacing and almost word-free screenplay make it seem like a very long slog indeed."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"Director Asif Kapadia mixes suggestions of violence (mostly off-screen) with sumptuous cinematography and a touch of the mystical."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"It's little more than a spaghetti western (which here might be called a chapati western), that elevates itself by not sticking entirely with its revenge intended theme."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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