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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Your jaw will hit the floor and stay there as (Tony) Jaa persistently defies both gravity and physics.
| Original Score: B+
Jaa lives up to the hype.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
For the first time in years, the simple awe that made movies like Supercop so memorable is back.
| Original Score: B+
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.
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).
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ong-Bak's only agenda is kicking butt, and it does that pretty well.
More than anything, Ong-Bak is a primer in techniques for hitting people with your elbows.
All the creatively-staged and -choreographed, knees-'n-elbows Muay Thai mayhem one buys the ticket to see.
You'll leave the theater bruised and battered, but you'll be happy about it.
| Original Score: 5/5
...thoroughly robust within its own skin. Visually involving and vibrantly executed, fight fans will definitely get a rousing kick out of Ong-Bak
More than anything, the filmmakers want to impress on you the wonders of Jaa's physical presence
For pure chop-socky entertainment, I haven't had such a kick since Jackie Chan was in his prime.
Tony Jaa has grace, style as a fighter, stunt man, but (he) can do better than Ong-Bak.
| Original Score: w.5/4
The only reason to see it is for the action. In that arena, on a scale from 1 to 10, it's a 20.
What Jaa does is often mesmerizing.
| Original Score: B-
Genre fans should have plenty of fun watching this cinematic showcase for Muay Thai and for Jaa's ability to kick some serious tail.
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.
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.