(2001)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 18 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
L.A. Weekly
Scaled like an epic but possessing the narrative simplicity of a fable, The Warrior unfolds over a brisk 85 minutes of screen time, keeping dialogue to a minimum as it celebrates the power of stories told through handcrafted, CGI-free images.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Asif Kapadia's blazing feature debut, a gorgeously photographed saga with a fine sense of the way place shapes personality, has won numerous awards in the filmmaker's native Britain.
80
A minimalist but strikingly beautiful tale of renounced violence told with uncommon precision and depth.
80
It is chockablock with brutality, but the violence is of the high-minded, self-congratulatory sort that indicates without actually showing.
60
Film Threat
This is a timeless tale; the time period is irrelevant as the story is a profoundly personal one about trying to reject the strong internal drive for vengeance.
50
Village Voice
Visual grandiloquence more than makes up for the bare-bones dialogue. But while high on mysticism and vast in scale, The Warrior seems more poised than poetic, and ultimately landscape proves to be the film's real grabber.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
The plot is simple to the point of being simplistic, and the characterizations are never more than rudimentary.
40
Variety
Tendency to go for art rather than action, and a leisurely pace that isn't bolstered by much dialogue or food for thought.
40
The A.V. Club
Boasts an action-movie plot and an action-movie title, but precious little action. It's a lovely film about brutal men, but its integrity and visual splendor ultimately can't make up for its overall lack of visceral excitement.
38
The Warrior may be mighty of sword but he is exceedingly limp of writing. We never learn why he went bad in the first place, or what causes his sudden conversion. If the audience is expected to do most of the work, we should be paid $10.50 each.

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