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Peaceful Warrior

drama, sports


Nick Nolte, Scott Mechlowicz and Amy Smart star in this inspirational film about the power of the human spirit. Inspired by true events and based on the best-selling novel by Dan Millman.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    25%
  • Audience Score
    77%

common sense

ON for kids age 12
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5

Like Karate Kid -- without the karate.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although the content in this inspirational sports drama is fairly mild -- the hero parties a lot and sleeps with a string of women in the beginning but eventually transforms his life -- it won't be interesting to most kids and tweens. It's better suited to teens who are prone to thinking about self discovery and analysis. The somewhat-New Agey tale is based on a true story and deals with big issues like inner emptiness and the meaning of life -- not exactly light entertainment.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the goal of inspirational "mentor" tales. What do movies and TV shows that follow this kind of storyline have in common? Who are they trying to reach? Why do you think so many involve sports? Families can also discuss Socrates' sometimes-mixed messages about drinking, fighting, health and discipline, and being "in the moment." A lot of these points are alluded to in other martial-arts flicks, but they're often lost in a fog of kung-fu fighting. Do you think this film's non-violent approach is more effective?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    25%
    reviews counted: 27
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  • Audience

    77%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Dan's transformation hits the kinds of snags that might occur in real life but spell doom for narrative momentum.

- Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, Thursday, June 22, 2006

Rotten: Based on the story by gymnast Dan Millman, the movie tries to be inspirational and profound, but much of the dialogue sounds like it came out of a fortune cookie.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Friday, June 2, 2006

Rotten: A collection of New Age platitudes beyond their expiration date, the sort of thing that might seem profound if your library doesn't extend much beyond zodiac love guides and Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, June 22, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Kind of like a modern day Karate Kid, but with gymnastics instead of karate and with a whiskey- voiced Nick Nolte in the role of the old and wise "sensei", instead of Mr Miyagi. This movie might not be as good or memorable, but it's not that far from it either, as it does have a pretty solid and inspiring story. Even more so as it happens to be based on true events. It wouldn't have hurt with a little faster pacing though, because its draggy nature was unfortunately a bit off-putting and the biggest reason to why I couldn't give it more than 3 out of 5 stars.

- CloudStrife84, Monday, February 25, 2008

2 stars

Another film inspired by actual events. While not as entertaining and comical like other films based off of actual events, this film is still an inspiring movie.The story moves along really really slowly. This is what will probably disappoint people the most. As mentioned earlier, this film is based on true events, but it is OK to twist and turn the story a bit to make it funny and entertaining. A successful example of this is Cool Runnings. A true inspiration for the children. While this film is slow and a little bit boring, it does add a tiny tiny dash of science fiction into the mix, which will keep your interest from time to time.The cinematography also helps this film a lot. The nice camera work takes what could be mediocre shots and turns them into pieces of art. Well, maybe I'm over exaggerating a little bit. I've seen better shot films, but I've also seen worse. The ending of this film is probably the most dramatic part of the film and the final shot ends the film nicely. Some people may not like it, but most people should appreciate it.Nick Nolte really carries this film with his performance. No Nick Nolte equals lower rating. While his acting is good, his dialgoue isn't as great. His philosophical words actually starts out pretty interesting, but as the movie goes by it becomes old rather quickly. The beautiful Amy Smart is really underused. She has very little airtime, but at least her role is pretty important.In the end, this can be a moving film, but it will only cater to certain people. If you don't mind a slow dramatic film, gymnastics, and Nick Nolte, this film is for you.

- skactopus, Sunday, February 10, 2008

4 stars

Not for the faint of heart, or mind. This is indeed a deep and inspiring movie, oftentimes we ourselves question why we do what we do. Confronting that, is the hard thing.

- matthewecomer, Monday, September 17, 2007