YMMV / The 13th Warrior

  • Awesome Music: Even if you didn't care for the movie, you have to admit that Jerry Goldsmith's score is pretty awesome. So much so that Ridley Scott used the cue "Valhalla/Viking Victory" for his film Kingdom of Heaven. Slightly controversial, given the director and the composer's turbulent relationship when they worked together on Alien & Legend (1985) that saw Scott cutting off a large part of Goldsmith's music on the former and re-using parts of Goldsmith's earlier score from Freud; while simultaneously throwing out Goldsmith's entire score in favor of Tangerine Dream's music for the latter. Bitter and upset by the rejection, Goldsmith never spoke to Scott again as a a result even unto his passing.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Well, not quite "versus" (although the Troubled Production might hint at that...), but Michael Crichton (i.e. Jurassic Park) and John McTiernan (of Die Hard fame) working together on a project has to qualify.
  • Critical Dissonance: On Rotten Tomatoes the film only holds a 33% "fresh" rating with critics. But with audiences it holds a respectable 66% fresh rating.
  • Cult Classic: Although the film was panned by critics and was one of the biggest box office flops of all time, it does have a fair amount of fans who consider it to be a very good action/adventure film.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Among fans of the film, Herger the Joyful is undoubtably the most popular character.
    • Buliwyf as well, the role that launched Vladimir Kulich into great acclaim and recognition.
  • He Also Did: This is the second film John McTiernan's made based on Beowulf. His earlier movie Predator was also influenced by the Norse epic.
  • Values Dissonance: Old Norse culture sees the number 13 as a good thing.