The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) Reviews

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Derek Elley
Variety
January 13, 2009
Bone-crunching action triumphs over story and, uh, character development.
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Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader
December 15, 2006
Pretty tough to sit through.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
December 15, 2006
Exactly like an elephant, mostly slow and lumbering -- but with great menacing charges of excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ebert & Roeper
September 23, 2006
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 23, 2006
Jaa's ingratiatingly ridiculous Protector delivers a steady stream of cheap B-movie thrills, plus two positive messages for young people: Be nice to animals, and when in doubt, always aim for the tendons.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 23, 2006
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Marc Bernardin
Entertainment Weekly
September 23, 2006
It's silly, at times laughable, sure, but Jaa has a reckless, bone-cracking grace that transcends the film's triviality. For fight fans, he's worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 8, 2006
When you've got a male lead who can break heads like Tony Jaa, a little bit of story line goes a long way.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 8, 2006
As a breathtaking follow-up to 2003's Ong-Bak: Thai Warrior, it's a whole lotta fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 8, 2006
... include[s] some incredible sequences of precision-engineered ultraviolence ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 8, 2006
The Protector is a bad film with a great star and some truly amazing action sequences. The movie is lackluster mainly because the Weinstein Co. and 'presenter' Quentin Tarantino have taken a Thai film and trimmed it from 109 minutes to about 80.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 8, 2006
The star of Ong Bak is back for more revenge in The Protector, a poorly plotted variation of Ong Bak's 'You stole my village idol!' chopsocky chase picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 8, 2006
All in all, it's a disappointing follow-up to Jaa's 2003 breakthrough, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior. He reteams with co-star Phetthai Wongkhamlao and director Prachya Pinkaew to diminishing returns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
September 8, 2006
A provincial Thai warrior rampages through Australia busting skulls and shouting 'You stole my elephants!' in this infectious b-movie smack down.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 8, 2006
This ludicrous Quentin Tarantino-chosen low-budget movie features choppy editing and an amateurish script, and it switches strangely back and forth between dubbing and subtitles.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 8, 2006
An earnest -- if bone-crunching -- ode to Thai culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
September 8, 2006
Tony Jaa may have impressed in Ong Bak, but unlike idols Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, he has yet to establish a compelling screen personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 8, 2006
Director Prachya Pinkaew, armed with a bigger budget (than Ong Bak) and facing a whole new potential audience, recycles his old plot with strategic variations, and -- big surprise -- the movie doesn't feel nearly as fresh as its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 8, 2006
Plenty of punches get thrown in The Protector, but most left me numb.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 8, 2006
Jaa is energetic and inventive as he climbs walls and performs backflips; Pinkaew directs like a video game creator, and together the two of them couldn't care less about plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 8, 2006
This is one of those movies where guys literally stand in line, waiting to get beaten up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 8, 2006
Tony Jaa is an expert Muay Thai fighter and trained stuntman who, like Bruce Lee, never appears to inflict the same injury twice. When he sails into a room, as if by slingshot, your blood pressure rises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
September 7, 2006
The ambitious staging of Jaa's lean and long-limbed Muay Thai fight scenes makes them look impressive. There is just too little happening in between to engage a wider audience.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 7, 2006
There's not much here for anyone who isn't a die-hard, unreconstructed chop-socky junkie.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 7, 2006
Although true fans of old-style kung fu movies will love The Protector, the uninitiated may be put off by the movie's slipshod editing, the waxworks acting and the confusing story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 7, 2006
You'll be exhausted when it's over, but harbor a lingering sense of vicarious accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 7, 2006
This is one wicked-ass cool movie, a last blast of summertime action insanity before the pretentious dramas of autumn arrive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 7, 2006
This guilty-pleasure adrenaline rush has one goal in mind: to be an airtight action machine that leaves you dizzy from the crunchety-crunch-crunch of Tony Jaa as he proves himself a contender with Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Jenkins
Time Out
August 3, 2006
Very silly.