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Oldboy Reviews

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Josh Larsen
September 1, 2013
..seems to be about the awfulness and inhumanity of vengeance. But watch how the film moves.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
Nick Rogers
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
One of the best imports I've seen in a while...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Vengeance, says director Chan-wook Park, is the most dramatic subject in the world. The problem with that view driving his filmmaking is that it seems to override his creative judgement, presenting us with cruelty as the vehicle for his cinematic jollies.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Director Chan-wook Park keeps the suspense going for as long as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Part character study, part action flick, the film seamlessly blends genres in an extremely satisfying way. The photography is spectacular - of particular note is a Escher-like staircase sequence that is simply extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Beth Accomando
April 19, 2007
As played by Choi Min-shik, Dae-su attains tragic stature. He's like a shaggy King Lear undone by his own foolishness.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 17, 2007
There's a lot less here than meets the eye.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
May 23, 2006
Definitivamente no para todos los gustos, esta violenta y asombrosa película coreana promete convertirse en una de las verdaderas sorpresas del año.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Park has a strong visual style and a near-surrealistic noir touch, but unraveling the mystery scarcely repays sitting through his relentless rounds of gut-wrenching violence.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Not to everyone's tastes, but if you have a strong stomach, OldBoy is sure to impress.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Quite an achievement then, and well worthy of its Cannes prize.
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
January 17, 2006
Oldboy is a delirious, confronting ride, a movie full of visceral shocks and aesthetic pleasures: it has an explosive immediacy and a persistent afterlife, a lingering impact that is hard to shake.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
November 22, 2005
Be amazed at my cruel virility. Feel the pain. Oh yeah.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
October 31, 2005
Its tentacles are still wriggling in my memory, as if I just ate something that should never have been served in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 14, 2005
That Park has talent in the technical department is a given; that he's a good filmmaker is debatable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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