Oldboy Reviews

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July 29, 2019
A lurid, complex, introspective beast, enacting astonishing cruelty on its protagonist like a slow-acting poison.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 2, 2005
A visually beguiling trip that keeps pulling you along and keeps you wondering what fresh hell could possibly come next.
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
A dark and thrillingly horrible adventure into the realms of the unthinkable.
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 22, 2005
The script reveals itself as an absurdly convoluted tale of betrayal and revenge.
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.
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.
April 15, 2005
For a while, though, this is as invigorating -- and as darkly funny -- as modern rogue moviemaking gets.
April 8, 2005
A revenge film like none you have seen.
April 8, 2005
Exults in its own audaciousness, in its abandonment of convention and flaunting of unexpected intelligence.
April 8, 2005
A movie that can leave you lost, repulsed, fascinated and ultimately chastened.
April 8, 2005
It is brutally epic.
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