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A Warrior's Heart

  • Rated PG
  • HD and SD formats available

children & family, drama, romance


A high school athlete (Kellan Lutz) becomes self-destructive, but through a new love (Ashley Greene) and his passion for lacrosse, he finds the meaning of sportsmanship and life.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    17%
  • Audience Score
    54%

common sense

ON for kids age 12
Violence
2 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5

Cheesy lacrosse-as-metaphor film has some mature themes.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Warrior's Heart is a message-heavy, teen-becomes-a-man sports (lacrosse) film with a romantic subplot. Hoping to capitalize on the popularity of the Twilight saga films' secondary actors, Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene are spotlighted here. The filmmakers make an earnest effort to show the Native American origins of lacrosse and acquaint viewers with the sport as a vehicle for inspiring healthy competition. There's some athlete-upon-athlete brawling, temper tantrums, and a brief shot of a jeep blowing up during wartime; there's also some mild swearing ("s--t," "damn," "hell"), and a Native American man is referred to as "a crazy Indian." Lutz's "abs" are featured in multiple scenes, and there are a few romantic kisses. Spoiler alert: The predictable plot is set in motion by the death of a parent.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what it means when a movie is "predictable." Do you enjoy knowing everything that's going to happen along the way, or do you prefer to be surprised? Why?
  • If you were familiar with lacrosse before watching A Warrior's Heart, do you think it projected an effective and accurate view of the sport? If you were not familiar with lacrosse, do you think the movie was a good introduction? Why, or why not?
  • What do you think the filmmakers were hoping to do when they sent Conor into the backwoods with his dad's Native American friend? Did you believe his experience was enough to motivate the change in his character? What specifically was the purpose of tearing down the shack?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    17%
    reviews counted: 8
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  • Audience

    54%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Factory-issue jingoism, yielding no surprises and frightfully few insights.

- Andy Webster, New York Times, Thursday, December 1, 2011

Rotten: The latest film to ride Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth as if it were a nonconsensual pony, A Warrior's Heart tries to fashion a hero's journey out of a Seventeen spread.

- Eric Hynes, Village Voice, Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rotten: A ho-hum drama whose many moving parts feel decidedly recycled.

- Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, December 1, 2011

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A little cheesy, but heart warming enough to be good, though. Decent cast. Decent story for a relaxing afternoon movie.

- itsjustme2004, Monday, March 12, 2012

2 stars

"The story is about a boy who is angry at the world and is aggressive on the field. Although he seems to have the talent for the game, his temper gets the best of him which makes him a liability on the field. So when his dad comes home from the war, he moves his family to his old home town and has his son attend the same school he did so he can play on the same lacrosse team as he did. But soon after arriving his father is killed in action. This makes Conor act out more and eventually leads him to being arrested for destroying school property. Then enters Sgt. Major Duke Wayne. He takes Conor up to some kind of camp to have him work through his issues and discover why there is no "I" "TEAM". A sad sappy movie with not enough heart. Not to mention some shitty acting. The plus side of seeing this movie is that I learned something new about the game lacrosse. I would go into great detail of what that was, but I forgot, lol. So maybe I didn't learn anything from seeing this afterall. Oh well. See it if wanna."

- LWOODS04, Tuesday, January 22, 2013