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Oldboy Reviews

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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
Suite101.com
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
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
KPBS.org
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.
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

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
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
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.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
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
rec.arts.movies.reviews
July 21, 2005
Wow!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
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.
Mark Harris
Georgia Straight
April 17, 2005
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