Oldboy Reviews

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July 29, 2019
A lurid, complex, introspective beast, enacting astonishing cruelty on its protagonist like a slow-acting poison.
April 15, 2013
Both brutal and lyrical, writer-director Park Chan-wook's existential nail-biter has torture scenes that will have you avoiding dentists, sushi bars and badly appointed hotel rooms.
April 15, 2013
Shakespearean in its violence, Oldboy also calls up nightmare images of spiritual and physical isolation that are worthy of Samuel Beckett or Dostoyevsky.
April 17, 2007
There's a lot less here than meets the eye.
February 27, 2007
January 26, 2006
Quite an achievement then, and well worthy of its Cannes prize.
August 10, 2019
Oldboy is so much more than an action film; it takes the viewer on a journey through a life destroyed, rebuilt and abolished once more. It teaches us lessons about consequences from our actions, the need to get revenge and find truth...
August 5, 2019
Oldboy has more to offer than action and violence - it's an imaginative tale of guilt and revenge, with a shocking climax that will live long in the memory.
August 3, 2019
When it was first released back in 2003 Park Chan-wook's Oldboy hit audiences like a hammer. Forget Spike Lee's 2013 US remake with Josh Brolin, this South Korean film is the only version of Oldboy that needs to be seen.
July 31, 2019
Bold, brutal, bloody and brilliant
June 20, 2019
Gorgeous cinematography, powerful writing, and bravura sequences
April 6, 2019
The humiliation and ensuing catharsis are the primary concepts, and revenge, which creates chain reactions of hatred, is solely an element of the set, with the focus being on vengeance not as an act, but the reasons that lead to it and its consequences
November 23, 2018
A story of revenge served both hot and cold, this is a heady mix of eye-popping fighting, deadpan humour, graphic torture and grungy cinematography.
October 31, 2018
A jaw-dropping seminal masterwork, blending heart-wrenching physical and emotional brutality.
August 2, 2018
Great but extremely brutal, vicious revenge story.
September 1, 2013
..seems to be about the awfulness and inhumanity of vengeance. But watch how the film moves.
May 6, 2013
Vengeance here's a clever, evolving beast. Dae-su's guardian-like enemy stokes his bloodlust, embittering the free man's returning love of life. The climax is a scarlet swelling into Greek tragedy as truth, reprisal and justice smear.
September 17, 2010
Banzai-violence kin to "Cast Away" about a man at time's cruel whim, "Oldboy"is an endurance test worth taking. Its conclusion is the most sadistic and destructively wrathful since "Seven," and the point of no return has rarely shocked this much.
July 16, 2010
Intense and dark but also humorous and moving, this is an ambitious film that fulfils its promise, despite an arguably overly protracted denouement. Excellent.
March 25, 2010
... a revenge thriller set in a cinematic neverland one zip-code away from Seven and Saw.
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