• Oldboy
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    Added: May 9, 2008


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Oldboy Reviews

Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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Both brutal and lyrical, writer-director Park Chan-wook's existential nail-biter has torture scenes that will have you avoiding dentists, sushi bars and badly appointed hotel rooms.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 5/5

April 15, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Shakespearean in its violence, Oldboy also calls up nightmare images of spiritual and physical isolation that are worthy of Samuel Beckett or Dostoyevsky.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 15, 2013
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
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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Quite an achievement then, and well worthy of its Cannes prize.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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It's hard to make an argument for Oldboy based on anything other than pure cinematics, but when the style speaks this loudly, it's an argument worth making.

Full Review Source: AV Club

September 26, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's mesmerizing and discomfiting, engaging the viewer on a visceral and an intellectual level.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

June 10, 2005
Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A visually beguiling trip that keeps pulling you along and keeps you wondering what fresh hell could possibly come next.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

June 2, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Its magnificence is that it takes itself dead serious. It's not entertainment, but it's sure a piece of toughness.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 20, 2005
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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Combining the sinister suspense of Alfred Hitchcock with the unrepentant violence of Quentin Tarantino, South Korean director Park Chan-wook delivers a revenge tale as shocking as it is thought-provoking.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

April 28, 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
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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While one might argue that it loses credibility and impact as it reaches further along the ledge of outrageous, tummy churning plot developments, there's no denying the turbulence it creates.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

April 15, 2005
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Deserves to be seen because of its relentless energy, the acting by Choi Min-sik that strikes a genuinely tragic note amid the mayhem and cartoonish excess, and the director's clear conviction that this wild story will resonate.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 15, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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For a while, though, this is as invigorating -- and as darkly funny -- as modern rogue moviemaking gets.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

April 15, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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A revenge film like none you have seen.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

April 8, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Exults in its own audaciousness, in its abandonment of convention and flaunting of unexpected intelligence.

| Original Score: A-

April 8, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A movie that can leave you lost, repulsed, fascinated and ultimately chastened.

| Original Score: B

April 8, 2005
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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It is brutally epic.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

April 8, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Tantalizes and tortures you as it lures you into its mysterious vortex.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 7, 2005
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Director Park Chanwook forces us to feel Oh Dae-su's pent-up rage and obsession with revenge, making us complicit when he acts out.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

April 7, 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
Stephanie Zacharek
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It's a grand, gritty, indelible experience.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 26, 2005
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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An adrenalin rush that will keep you buzzing for days.

| Original Score: 4/4

March 25, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Oldboy is a powerful film not because of what it depicts, but because of the depths of the human heart which it strips bare.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

March 25, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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It says something when you come out of a film as weird and fantastical as Oldboy and feel that you've experienced something truly authentic. I just don't know what. I can't think of anything to compare it to.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 24, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Park Chanwook's frenzied thriller is entertaining to watch, which is a good thing, because there is not much to think about here, outside of the choreographed mayhem.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 24, 2005
David Edelstein
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Oldboy is a movie where you think you're in hell from the first frame -- but have no inkling of the infernal circles to come.

Full Review Source: Slate

March 24, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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An explosively exciting psychosexual revenge drama from Korean powerhouse Park Chanwook that makes movies feel alive again.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

March 24, 2005
James Berardinelli
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Oldboy is consistently compelling.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

March 24, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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As pointless as it is shocking.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 24, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Even as imitations go, Oldboy doesn't measure up.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 24, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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It's a movie of such jaw-dropping violence, wild improbability and dazzling style it overpowers all resistance.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

March 24, 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
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
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Oldboy may be a filmmaker's tour de force, but props should also be delivered to Choi, whose wretched, Herculean performance as the new millennium's Job could restore your faith in the selfless courage of acting.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 22, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Old Boy may be too extreme for its characters to truly engage you, but it is safe to say you will not be bored.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

February 11, 2005
Derek Elley
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Whether chomping down on a live octopus (in one of several scenes that require a strong stomach) or festering with half-crazed rage and impotence, Choi gives a bravura performance that powers the picture.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 1, 2004
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
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