The 13th Warrior
The 13th Warrior (1999)

Based on Michael Crichton's best-selling novel "Eaters of the Dead," "The 13th Warrior" is an exciting and unforgettable adventure thriller. When an important emissary is abducted by a band of warriors, he is forced… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 27, 1999
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Atmospheric, great sets and costumes, but thin plot.

Todd McCarthy

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.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A big cathartic blast.

Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Exciting battle sequences, intriguing period costumes, fascinating cinematography, and stirring background music contribute to the epic nature of 'The 13th Warrior.'

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

With a budget said to be more than $100 million, it displays a lot of cash on the screen, but little thought.

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Cole Smithey

"The 13th Warrior" is a brazen attempt to brand Antonio Banderas as an A-lister with a C-grade script. Failure attends.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

The film is fascinating to watch, but I can hardly say what it's about, other than people killing each other.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Loaded with potential, it's puzzlingly overblown and distant, as if its huge budget were an albatross around its neck.

Michael Dequina

Jerry Goldsmith's rousing score exhibits more personality than any of the actors--or anything else in the film, for that matter.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Really a fun actioner, recalling those glorious days of yesteryear when Vikings strode the earth in all their contempt for puny civilization. Banderas'… More
Dean King
A very average swordplay action film but has an ok cast.
Phil Hubbs
Historical Vikings vs barbarians, hack n slash flick made by 'Die Hard' director John McTiernan? should be kick ass right? well sort of, it is a… More
Al S
An awesome and intense epic thrill-machine. A solid and adrenaline-charged action-packed adventure thriller. It's bold, thrilling and exhilarating all the… More
Alex roy
Interesting action film that delivers on action and thrills. Although at times lacking, The 13th Warrior is good entertainment. Although lacking at times, the… More
Rachel F
This movie is amazing. All of the actors play their parts perfectly and the story and scenery are perfect as well.