Oldboy Reviews

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December 27, 2007
Director Chan-wook Park keeps the suspense going for as long as possible.
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.
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.
April 17, 2007
There's a lot less here than meets the eye.
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.
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.
April 1, 2006
Not to everyone's tastes, but if you have a strong stomach, OldBoy is sure to impress.
January 26, 2006
Oldboy is a true wake-up call to both mainstream Hollywood and its pathetic counterculture. This is bold, gritty, and uncompromised cinema at its finest.
January 26, 2006
Quite an achievement then, and well worthy of its Cannes prize.
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.
November 22, 2005
Be amazed at my cruel virility. Feel the pain. Oh yeah.
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.
October 14, 2005
That Park has talent in the technical department is a given; that he's a good filmmaker is debatable.
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 26, 2005
Once [it] reels you in, it never lets go.
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.
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.
July 21, 2005
July 16, 2005
The buzz was right: Oldboy confirms Park as one of the best filmmakers working today.
July 8, 2005
If you can handle what Park Chan-wook dishes, you'll discover a tragedy that isn't easy to shake.
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