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Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior) Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Tony Jaa doesn't possess the authority of Lee, the charisma of Chan or the intensity of Li, though he does project the same sleepy-eyed blandness as Van Damme.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2/4

March 9, 2005
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

Your jaw will hit the floor and stay there as (Tony) Jaa persistently defies both gravity and physics.

| Original Score: B+

March 6, 2005
Willie Waffle

Jaa lives up to the hype.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 6, 2005
Marc Mohan

For the first time in years, the simple awe that made movies like Supercop so memorable is back.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

March 4, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Ong Bak is not very good -- but Hollywood suits would be nuts not to give Jaa a role in every action flick they make from now on.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 4, 2005
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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Jaa's moves are impressive, but the choreography ranges from bland to ridiculous (as when one dirty fighter resorts to using major appliances as weapons).

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

March 3, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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No prizes will be awarded to anyone who guesses that Ting beats all assailants and recovers the artifact. What you might not anticipate is how viscerally exciting director Prachya Pinkaew makes the action scenes.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Ong-Bak's only agenda is kicking butt, and it does that pretty well.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 3, 2005
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

More than anything, Ong-Bak is a primer in techniques for hitting people with your elbows.

Full Review

March 1, 2005
Michael Dequina

All the creatively-staged and -choreographed, knees-'n-elbows Muay Thai mayhem one buys the ticket to see.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

February 27, 2005
Eric Campos
Film Threat

You'll leave the theater bruised and battered, but you'll be happy about it.

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

February 22, 2005
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

...thoroughly robust within its own skin. Visually involving and vibrantly executed, fight fans will definitely get a rousing kick out of Ong-Bak

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 3/4

February 21, 2005
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

More than anything, the filmmakers want to impress on you the wonders of Jaa's physical presence

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

February 20, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

For pure chop-socky entertainment, I haven't had such a kick since Jackie Chan was in his prime.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

February 18, 2005
Rob Blackwelder

Tony Jaa has grace, style as a fighter, stunt man, but (he) can do better than Ong-Bak.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: w.5/4

February 18, 2005
George Wu

The only reason to see it is for the action. In that arena, on a scale from 1 to 10, it's a 20.

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February 17, 2005
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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What Jaa does is often mesmerizing.

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

February 17, 2005
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Genre fans should have plenty of fun watching this cinematic showcase for Muay Thai and for Jaa's ability to kick some serious tail.

Full Review

February 17, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The artifice-free antidote to such F/X enervation -- a jaw-dropper of a star-making display from lithe fighter-artist Tony Jaa, framed by a plot as bare-bones as a backroom boxing ring.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

February 16, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I think you have to hang a plot and some suspense around this. It was just so dopey and so endless and so repetitive. The guy's got talent, but thumbs down for this movie.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

February 14, 2005
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