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Marcus Nispel

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About the Movie

In an untamed, primordial America, 500 years before Columbus will reach its shores, unfolds an epic battle between love and hate that will change one man's destiny and the future of a nation: Pathfinder. This action-adventure saga recreates one of the most riveting, yet never-before-seen, eras in human history – when Viking "dragon" ships from the mysterious Norse lands arrived out of nowhere to invade a pristine North America. Inspired by historical findings, yet forged with the magic and style of a modern graphic novel, Pathfinder comes to life in a cinematic experience filled with intense and primal action.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 76
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 68
  • Average Rating: 3.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: All grunting, all goring, the witless action flick Pathfinder has little to recommend it. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Pathfinder's moody, muddy look is courtesy of music-video director Marcus Nispel, who doesn't distinguish between people and tree trunks when it comes to emotional content. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: This latest bit of historical balder-dash stands in direct defiance of proven action-movie formulas, trusting its brutal concept and striking visuals to overcome a lack of star power. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: No more than a minute into this, and it becomes obvious that the next 98 are going to be trouble. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Sep 22, 2007

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Customer Reviews

I Don't Care Who doesn't like it....

I like this move a lot. Not my favorite. I like complex movies like Inception. And movies that make me think. I like movies with well developed plots that are very complex.... and detailed... and stories and pull on certain strings and push certain buttons... like frustration.... anger.... sadness.... sympothy.... etc.... But I also like movies with simple plots - because the point of those movies are to do one thing: entertain. A person can be entertained in a large number of ways.
The action was cool. The visuals were very good as well. The acting at first seems strange... but makes sense to me (seems to be intentional). There you go... if you are in the mood for a movie just to entertain your for an hour and forty min... this is a good choice.

Steaming pile of viking pewpew

I remember seeing a trailer for this some time ago, and it was interesting. Now that I've seen it... scratch that, I didn't even make it to the end before rolling my eyes for the last time and stopping it, so I haven't really seen it. Don't buy or rent this, your time is better spent doing just about anything else.

Good art direction

Overall the movie is well done in regard to art direction and style. The film direction is decent as well, but there are a some standard cliches that sort of turned me off in regard to mythology in both Native Americans and the Vikings. The pacing is a bit strange at times and it takes a good half hour to get going, but once it does things go pretty well. It's a good rental if you are just looking for something to watch. I don't know if I'd recommend buying it unless you just really dig it.