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Oldboy Reviews

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Colin Biggs
Movie Mezzanine
October 30, 2014
Compared directly, the difference between both films are more than a little disappointing, but with all of that said, 2013's Oldboy still has pleasures to be witnessed.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Shawn Hazelett
Under the Radar
August 20, 2014
Lee takes his time crafting fiery characters and an impenetrable, who-and-why mystery only to rush through a series of arbitrary clues and explanations.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Scott Weinberg
May 8, 2014
For a "pointless" and "unnecessary" remake, there's actually some really solid stuff in this one.
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
Sloppy when taken on its own and abhorrent when compared to its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jason Best
Movie Talk
April 6, 2014
Park Chan-wook's movie was a delirious nightmare whose ideas and images stuck like burrs in the mind. Lee's remake is all too forgettable.
Eric Melin
March 22, 2014
Maybe the giant leaps of faith that the original script calls for were easier to swallow 10 years ago, or perhaps it's just that Lee's version seems to mannered to be convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Beck
March 3, 2014
It's not that Spike Lee's attempt at a remake is particularly bad, though it does have a few issues, it's just that it's an entirely unnecessary one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 1, 2014
...we have a mediocre remake being released on Blu-ray and the extras are better than the film itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 26, 2014
The blu-ray's features suggest that Lee made a better film than what was released theatrically
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
Visceral thrills and athletic camerawork seem only to bring out the actors' limitations.
Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014
In a film where the hero is constantly asking questions about his predicament, the audience may be left with the most important one of all: why?
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 3, 2014
Hard-hearted and ostentatiously nasty, the most stylish thing Spike Lee has been involved with for years.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
January 2, 2014
Spike Lee reworks a cult classic
Todd Jorgenson
December 11, 2013
The result is engaging enough for those not familiar with the first film, yet it lacks the freshness of the original concept despite some clever plot twists and moments of visual flair.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
December 10, 2013
[Lee] moves easily among the several registers of filmmaking that Oldboy demands.
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Wesley Morris
December 10, 2013
Everything is wrong with [Spike] Lee's version of Park Chan-wook's notorious, super-violent super-action-thriller. For one thing, it's far from super. Not the quality, per se (although, for Lee, that's off, too), but the energy.
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
December 10, 2013
Spike Lee's remake of 2003's Oldboy is as brutally perplexing as the South Korean original, and needless for both its repetition and tweaks. Nothing is really lost in translation, or gained.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
December 9, 2013
The martial arts sequences are a joy to watch and, when taken as it's own entity, this "Old Boy" feels like it should hit it's intended audience favorably.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
December 9, 2013
Fans of the cult classic "Old Boy" may have mixed feelings on this new version (or even wonder why it was remade at all), but standing on it's on "Old Boy" is a different type of revenge flick that works just well enough to be fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Robbins
Film Comment Magazine
December 9, 2013
Viewers new to Oldboy will appreciate Lee's affecting and entertaining tale of a man unjustly imprisoned. Fans of Park's film-and there are many wildly loyal ones-will likely be far less impressed.
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