Peaceful Warrior

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Released 2006

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Director:
Victor Salva
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
Peaceful Warrior is a 2009 sports drama released by Lions Gate Films and directed by Victor Salva (Jeepers Creepers, Jeepers Creepers 2, Powder, Clownhouse). Scott Mechlowicz plays Dan Millman, a world-class gymnast. Dan is suffering from insomnia and does not know why. Everything is going his way; he is a straight-A student, he is good with the ladies, he is on his way to making the US Olympic team, what could be troubling him? He meets a strange service station attendant who he calls Socrates (Nick Nolte). Dan seems to think that Socrates has the answers he is looking for. When a crippling accident may ruin his future, Dan needs all the answers he can get. Based on the book 'Way of the Peaceful Warrior' by the real Dan Millman, this film is truly an inspirational one. Millman has taken several of his true-life experiences and has molded them into an intriguing tale. It combines the best elements of 'The Karate Kid' and 'Men of Honor'.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Mere recitation of homilies for better living -- which is what Nick Nolte's gas station guru imparts to a struggling young gymnast -- and a half-baked account of the athlete's come...

  • 40

    The New York Times

    For all its manifest corniness, this is an achingly sincere and supremely unembarrassed effort to transform an audience for the good. Its heart is very much in the right place - a ...

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times

    The sage-elder/wayward-charge saga Peaceful Warrior aims for inspirational highs but mostly feels like a self-help book read aloud by actors.

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    Drama, Sports

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    Independent, Biography