Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Chuck Stephens
Village Voice
August 19, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 4, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
March 3, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 3, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 17, 2005
What Jaa does is often mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 16, 2005
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 | Original Score: B+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 14, 2005
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.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 12, 2005
A knockout of a martial arts movie -- and an elbow to the head. And two knees to the back and a roundhouse kick to the ear for good measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sun
Hollywood Reporter
February 12, 2005
An effective martial arts film destined to leave mouths agape.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 11, 2005
If Jaa's able to add a bit of spark to his acting, he'll make a real run at capturing an international audience.
| Original Score: B
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 11, 2005
You can rightly say that Jaa has yet to establish much of a character, but give him a chance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 11, 2005
While Tony Jaa is bad in a good way, Ong Bak is bad in a bad way.
| Original Score: C
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
February 11, 2005
I wouldn't bet against a kickboxer who sets himself on fire and then crushes an opponent between his flaming fibulas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 11, 2005
The time to catch Tony Jaa is now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
February 11, 2005
Imaginatively plotted destruction abounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
February 11, 2005
Jaa's screen time is largely about athletics, not building a character.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
February 11, 2005
Nearly every impressive stunt is repeated in slow motion from a different camera angle, and we get to see the most eye-popping ones three times. Thus a tightly edited, 90-minute action flick becomes a bloated, 105-minute exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 11, 2005
It's not often that you witness the creation of a star, so grab the chance now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 11, 2005
Vile, humorless, distasteful, sickening.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 11, 2005
I sat through the movie impressed at how real the action sequences seemed. Then I went to the Web site, and discovered that they were real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 11, 2005
After a while, a punch is a punch is a punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
February 10, 2005
Tony Jaa is the real thing.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 10, 2005
The name is Tony Jaa, but don't worry about remembering it. You'll be hearing it a lot from now on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 10, 2005
Mr. Jaa is a gifted athlete, and there's something to be said for a fighter who dances on heads only for the honor of the Buddha.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 10, 2005
Fans of action movies will find much to appreciate in this symphony of flying limbs, breaking bones and elaborately staged chases and confrontations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 10, 2005
Young, handsome and about the most amazing pugilist/stunt performer since the days of Bruce Lee and the pre-Hollywoodized Jackie Chan, Jaa electrifies an otherwise lifeless film.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
February 10, 2005
Already a much-bootlegged, beloved martial arts film in Thailand, Ong-Bak delivers a new world action star in Jaa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Derek Elley
Variety
November 3, 2004
In a genre, even in Asia, that's become overwhelmed by digital f/x, there's a real joy in seeing the back-to-basics action that Ong-Bak promotes.