Oldboy Reviews

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June 30, 2005
Nightmarish Oldboy alternates between the captivating and the sickening.
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.
June 10, 2005
It's mesmerizing and discomfiting, engaging the viewer on a visceral and an intellectual level.
June 9, 2005
In the end, there's nothing to do but collapse in astonished appreciation of the filmmaker's boundless propensity for mischief.
June 2, 2005
A visually beguiling trip that keeps pulling you along and keeps you wondering what fresh hell could possibly come next.
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.
May 20, 2005
Its magnificence is that it takes itself dead serious. It's not entertainment, but it's sure a piece of toughness.
May 13, 2005
Fortalecido pelas performances de seu elenco principal, o filme guarda suas maiores armas para o ato final.
May 13, 2005
A dark and thrillingly horrible adventure into the realms of the unthinkable.
May 9, 2005
Argues for its own pointlessness.
May 8, 2005
a deeply passionate movie, but its passion is the kind that gets splattered on walls
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.
May 1, 2005
It's a hopelessly, helplessly original film.
April 29, 2005
Parts of the movie are luridly enthralling, and its ugliness is strangely appealing (at least to people with a high tolerance for such things). Yet it pushes too many buttons and is filled with so many false endings that eventually it becomes tiresome.
April 29, 2005
So inventive its plot doesn't just twist but forms itself into a Mobius strip.
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.
April 27, 2005
A virulent, heart-shattering Korean revenge opus that deals out Promethean punishment to its central character.
April 27, 2005
[T]he movie approaches us as if we were both a primitive religious congregation and a benumbed action-picture audience, in either case a group in need of shocks.
April 23, 2005
April 23, 2005
Dae-su's real tormentor is the director himself, who teases and torments his hero as he regales the viewer with his sadistic caprices.
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