• Oldboy
    1 minutes 27 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Oldboy Reviews

Page 1 of 7
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Argues for its own pointlessness.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C+

May 9, 2005
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Park has a strong visual style and a near-surrealistic noir touch, but unraveling the mystery scarcely repays sitting through his relentless rounds of gut-wrenching violence.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

May 12, 2006
Alan Dale

[T]he movie approaches us as if we were both a primitive religious congregation and a benumbed action-picture audience, in either case a group in need of shocks.

Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org

April 27, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

That Park has talent in the technical department is a given; that he's a good filmmaker is debatable.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

October 14, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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It's an onslaught made to cause a sensation. Consider me simultaneously jolted and depressed.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

March 23, 2005
Jan Stuart
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You will either feel mollified by the hysterically moral denouement or feel offended by the filmmaker's strategy of debasement, which reduces the audience to the mongrel-like prostration of its protagonist.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 26, 2005

Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, 'Paybacks are a b*tch'.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 11, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Its tentacles are still wriggling in my memory, as if I just ate something that should never have been served in the first place.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer

October 31, 2005
Andreas Neuenkirchen
Film Threat

The more of the plot's secrets are revealed, the more laughable it becomes.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

July 11, 2004
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Consistently, astonishingly, inventive ... relentlessly and ruthlessly vile. Style may ultimately not be able to triumph over content, but it's one hell of a fight.

Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

April 21, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

When the hero swallows a live octopus, Chanwook exits Kafka and enters the schlocky twilight zone of geek TV.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

April 21, 2005
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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There's a lot less here than meets the eye.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 17, 2007
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The suffocating Oldboy's existentialist angst promises sophisticated returns only to spiral into callous Identity territory.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

June 7, 2004
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Vengeance, says director Chan-wook Park, is the most dramatic subject in the world. The problem with that view driving his filmmaking is that it seems to override his creative judgement, presenting us with cruelty as the vehicle for his cinematic jollies.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
Josh Larsen

..seems to be about the awfulness and inhumanity of vengeance. But watch how the film moves.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 0.5/4

September 1, 2013
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience

Be amazed at my cruel virility. Feel the pain. Oh yeah.

Full Review Source: Film Experience

November 22, 2005
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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The script reveals itself as an absurdly convoluted tale of betrayal and revenge.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 22, 2005
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Oldboy has the fatal air of wanting so desperately to be a cult movie that it forgets to present itself as a coherent one.

March 22, 2005
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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Ultimately, we feel like the hero, hypnotized but desensitized and utterly turned off by its histrionic horrors.

June 1, 2004
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

The gratuitously vile Oldboy seems content to toy with viewers' sensibilities for no other reason than a few cheap shocks.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 23, 2005
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