Critics Consensus

Suitably grim and bloody yet disappointingly safe and shallow, Spike Lee's Oldboy remake neither surpasses the original nor adds anything new to its impressive legacy.



Total Count: 148


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OLDBOY is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucette, a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him, only to discover that the real mystery is why he was set free. Co-starring Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley, OLDBOY was directed by Spike Lee, from a script by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell, Thor). The film was produced by Roy Lee, Doug Davison and Nathan Kahane. (c) FilmDistrict


Josh Brolin
as Joe Doucett
Elizabeth Olsen
as Marie Sebastian
Sharlto Copley
as Adrian/The Stranger
James Ransone
as Dr. Tom Melby
Pom Klementieff
as Haeng-Bok
Max Casella
as James Prestley
Linda Emond
as Edwina Burke
Rami Malek
as Browning
Lance Reddick
as Daniel Newcombe
Hannah Ware
as Donna Hawthorne
Richard Portnow
as Bernie Sharkey
Hannah Simone
as Stephanie Lee
Cinqué Lee
as Bellhop
Steven Hauck
as Arthur Pryce
Caitlin Dulany
as Emma Pryce
Michael J. Burg
as Luxembourg Police Chief
Erik Gersovitz
as Young Adrian
Gralen Bryant Banks
as Captain Lionel
Dustan Costine
as Security Guard
Lennie Hsiao
as Souvenir Vendor
Joe Chrest
as Johnny/Schizophrenic Man
Linda Jewell
as Motorcycle Messenger
Kerry Cahill
as Shirley Roos
Brett Lapeyrouse
as Young Chucky
Victoria Geil
as Young Donna
Violet Hill
as Mia (10 Years Old)
Grey Damon
as Young Joe
Jung Tan
as Chinese Woman
Sharon Gee
as Librarian
Elvy Yost
as Mia (23 Years Old)
Taryn Terrell
as Girl In Park
Marco Umana
as Burly Man
Giovanni Anthony Silva
as The Checkpoint
Steve Kim
as Brute #1
Brian Oerly
as Brute #2
Josh Diogo
as Brute #3
Jeff Ward
as Crazy Brute
Billy Tilk
as Jock #1
Ronn Surels
as Jock #2
Eric Salas
as Jock #5
Shannon Rockweiler
as Aerobics Instructor
Altonio Jackson
as Bohemian Artist #1
Louis Tucci
as Bohemian Artist #2
William J. Vines
as Bohemian Artist #3
David Dahlgren
as Old Timer #1
Jodie Moore
as Old Timer #2
Shelton Shakespear Alexander
as Construction Worker
Mary Glackmeyer
as Yoga Instructor
Brianna Nowlin
as Exercise Video Model
Alexa Kobylarz
as Sexy Calisthenics Instructor
Iman Marshall
as Dancer #1
Renata Granger
as Dancer #2
Leslie Saubat
as Dancer #3
Donna Crump
as Dancer #4/Zumba Leader
Sydni Russell
as Zumba #3
Nicole Norman
as Zumba #4
Niki Kleinberger
as Aerobics #2
Peryn St. Raymond
as Aerobics #3
Al Palagonia
as Convenience Store Clerk
Alvin Chon
as Delivery Boy
William D. Green
as Willie Green
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Critic Reviews for Oldboy

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Audience Reviews for Oldboy

  • Dec 19, 2017
    The remake of the Korean mind fuck does not shy away from most of the unpleasant aspects of the original, but it's a leaner, less detailed version, which makes it somewhat easier to stomach. The result is sometimes unintentionally funny, sometimes brutal, but the mystery is engaging and the movie entertaining enough. In other words: if you know the original, you won't need this. If you don't, this might very well blow your mind.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2016
    Watched half. It's crap. Watch the original Korean version instead.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • May 19, 2015
    Josh Brolin is an extremely bad choice for the role of the protagonist. Besides, the execution is too weak, and is bound to disappoint regardless of having already watched the original or not.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2014
    Perhaps those are problems created by the heavy editing of Lee's cut, but this unnecessary and watered-down remake not only doesn't add anything new to the exceptional Korean film but is also full of plot holes and makes its jaw-dropping twist in the end seem only ludicrous.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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