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Oldboy Reviews

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Jason Zingale
September 26, 2005
Once [it] reels you in, it never lets go.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
It's hard to make an argument for Oldboy based on anything other than pure cinematics, but when the style speaks this loudly, it's an argument worth making.
September 24, 2005
This is absolutely not a film for all tastes, but it's a masterpiece of pitiless power whose audacious, ambiguous climax strikes a note of insane romanticism as haunting as it is perverse.
| Original Score: 4/4
Joshua Tanzer
August 7, 2005
Three couples were talking out loud as the film started. But before I could give them the traditional New York 'Shut the #%*& Up,' the movie shut them the #%*& up for me.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David N. Butterworth
July 21, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Cornelius
July 16, 2005
The buzz was right: Oldboy confirms Park as one of the best filmmakers working today.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 8, 2005
If you can handle what Park Chan-wook dishes, you'll discover a tragedy that isn't easy to shake.
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 30, 2005
Nightmarish Oldboy alternates between the captivating and the sickening.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 17, 2005
It is the second in a trilogy of vengeance films for Park, and has the jagged eloquence of an irrational impulse carried to an irresistible extreme.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 10, 2005
It's mesmerizing and discomfiting, engaging the viewer on a visceral and an intellectual level.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
June 9, 2005
In the end, there's nothing to do but collapse in astonished appreciation of the filmmaker's boundless propensity for mischief.
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 2, 2005
A visually beguiling trip that keeps pulling you along and keeps you wondering what fresh hell could possibly come next.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 26, 2005
A movie critic doesn't get to say this very often, so he should take the opportunity when he can: You have never seen anything like "Oldboy" before.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 20, 2005
Its magnificence is that it takes itself dead serious. It's not entertainment, but it's sure a piece of toughness.
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
May 13, 2005
Fortalecido pelas performances de seu elenco principal, o filme guarda suas maiores armas para o ato final.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
May 13, 2005
A dark and thrillingly horrible adventure into the realms of the unthinkable.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 9, 2005
Argues for its own pointlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 8, 2005
a deeply passionate movie, but its passion is the kind that gets splattered on walls
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 6, 2005
The hero of this Kafkaesque nightmare could be anybody who feels abused, raging against fate or God and discovering only absurdity and more horror.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
May 1, 2005
It's a hopelessly, helplessly original film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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