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Oldboy Reviews

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
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.
January 26, 2006
Quite an achievement then, and well worthy of its Cannes prize.
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.
June 10, 2005
It's mesmerizing and discomfiting, engaging the viewer on a visceral and an intellectual level.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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+
May 20, 2005
Its magnificence is that it takes itself dead serious. It's not entertainment, but it's sure a piece of toughness.
April 28, 2005
Combining the sinister suspense of Alfred Hitchcock with the unrepentant violence of Quentin Tarantino, South Korean director Park Chan-wook delivers a revenge tale as shocking as it is thought-provoking.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2005
The script reveals itself as an absurdly convoluted tale of betrayal and revenge.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 15, 2005
While one might argue that it loses credibility and impact as it reaches further along the ledge of outrageous, tummy churning plot developments, there's no denying the turbulence it creates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2005
Deserves to be seen because of its relentless energy, the acting by Choi Min-sik that strikes a genuinely tragic note amid the mayhem and cartoonish excess, and the director's clear conviction that this wild story will resonate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2005
For a while, though, this is as invigorating -- and as darkly funny -- as modern rogue moviemaking gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2005
A revenge film like none you have seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2005
Exults in its own audaciousness, in its abandonment of convention and flaunting of unexpected intelligence.
Read More | Original Score: A-
April 8, 2005
A movie that can leave you lost, repulsed, fascinated and ultimately chastened.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 8, 2005
It is brutally epic.
April 7, 2005
Tantalizes and tortures you as it lures you into its mysterious vortex.
April 7, 2005
Director Park Chanwook forces us to feel Oh Dae-su's pent-up rage and obsession with revenge, making us complicit when he acts out.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 26, 2005
You will either feel mollified by the hysterically moral denouement or feel offended by the filmmaker's strategy of debasement, which reduces the audience to the mongrel-like prostration of its protagonist.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 26, 2005
It's a grand, gritty, indelible experience.
March 25, 2005
An adrenalin rush that will keep you buzzing for days.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 25, 2005
Oldboy is a powerful film not because of what it depicts, but because of the depths of the human heart which it strips bare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 24, 2005
It says something when you come out of a film as weird and fantastical as Oldboy and feel that you've experienced something truly authentic. I just don't know what. I can't think of anything to compare it to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 24, 2005
Park Chanwook's frenzied thriller is entertaining to watch, which is a good thing, because there is not much to think about here, outside of the choreographed mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2005
Oldboy is a movie where you think you're in hell from the first frame -- but have no inkling of the infernal circles to come.
March 24, 2005
An explosively exciting psychosexual revenge drama from Korean powerhouse Park Chanwook that makes movies feel alive again.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 24, 2005
Oldboy is consistently compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2005
As pointless as it is shocking.
March 24, 2005
Even as imitations go, Oldboy doesn't measure up.
March 24, 2005
It's a movie of such jaw-dropping violence, wild improbability and dazzling style it overpowers all resistance.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 23, 2005
It's an onslaught made to cause a sensation. Consider me simultaneously jolted and depressed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 22, 2005
Oldboy has the fatal air of wanting so desperately to be a cult movie that it forgets to present itself as a coherent one.
March 22, 2005
Oldboy may be a filmmaker's tour de force, but props should also be delivered to Choi, whose wretched, Herculean performance as the new millennium's Job could restore your faith in the selfless courage of acting.
February 11, 2005
Old Boy may be too extreme for its characters to truly engage you, but it is safe to say you will not be bored.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2004
Whether chomping down on a live octopus (in one of several scenes that require a strong stomach) or festering with half-crazed rage and impotence, Choi gives a bravura performance that powers the picture.
June 1, 2004
Ultimately, we feel like the hero, hypnotized but desensitized and utterly turned off by its histrionic horrors.