70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Strong performances by Scott Mechlowicz as Millman and Nick Nolte as the mysterious mechanic who changes his life ground the film in effective drama.
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The result is something close to a textbook example of how NOT to visualize spiritual principles of the "be here now" variety.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Sometimes in an imperfect movie there is consolation simply in regarding the actors.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Scott Brown
In the ranks of improbable gymnastics coaches, Nick Nolte falls just below the cartoon version of Mr. T.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The film is better than it has any right to be, considering the prosaic source.
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38

Chicago Tribune

The cast is quite good. But Peaceful Warrior, which is basically "The Karate Kid" with a bigger kid and a bigger mentor, represents a journey of predictability, rather than a destination worth the trouble.
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The intriguing thing about The Peaceful Warrior is that nothing else in the movie feels haphazard.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The film's biggest miracle is the straight face Nick Nolte maintains in his role as Socrates.
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
By the end of the film's two-hour stream of Be-Here-Now-isms, anyone left in the audience will be wanting to yell, "Put a sock in it!" to old Soc.
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25

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
One of those blessedly rare films based on a self-help book, is remarkable in one sense: It prevents "The Lake House" and its magical mailbox from being the most ridiculous concept on screen this summer.
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40 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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