Oldboy Reviews

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June 18, 2016
The first hour or so of Lee's 'Oldboy' is so gripping that it's dispiriting to watch the wheels fall off the wagon so spectacularly in the third act.
December 10, 2013
Everything is wrong with [Spike] Lee's version of Park Chan-wook's notorious, super-violent super-action-thriller. For one thing, it's far from super. Not the quality, per se (although, for Lee, that's off, too), but the energy.
December 9, 2013
Viewers new to Oldboy will appreciate Lee's affecting and entertaining tale of a man unjustly imprisoned. Fans of Park's film-and there are many wildly loyal ones-will likely be far less impressed.
December 8, 2013
Other than catering to an audience unwilling to read subtitles, it's hard to see what Spike Lee has brought to the table ...
December 6, 2013
A misguided, if visually polished, remake of Park Chan-wook's violent revenge thriller.
December 6, 2013
The facsimile is pointless but dependable until Lee and his screenwriter add increasingly ludicrous embellishments.
December 5, 2013
This Oldboy is another pointless remake, and I couldn't swallow it.
December 5, 2013
Lee and his cameraman film from the floor, the ceiling, the drainpipes: anywhere to lend novelty, or fresh perspective, to tired, trashy material.
December 5, 2013
A garish reproduction that never pretends to know who it's for.
December 2, 2013
Why would we want to watch a chronicle of Joe's agonies, and the agonies he gets to inflict on others? Passing it up would be the best revenge.
December 2, 2013
Hollywood's wildest cinematic freakout since "Shutter Island" is a remake of-and an improvement on-the Korean original, from 2003.
November 29, 2013
A vivid yet academic remake, this Oldboy is shorter, leaner and lesser.
November 28, 2013
Sometimes I don't understand the Hollywood mindset. Who thought remaking Park Chan-wook's 2003 cult classic, Oldboy, was a good idea?
November 28, 2013
Much of the dialogue is stilted (several scene are laughable) and the melodrama feels unmoored without the lurid, baroque atmosphere of Park's film -- which, after all, was kind of the whole point.
November 27, 2013
Despite striking visuals and Josh Brolin's all-in performance, the new 'Oldboy' fails to build a riveting, believable mystery strong enough to support its big twist.
November 27, 2013
Lee does right by the story, or as right as the MPAA allowed him, but like so many Americanized versions of Asian groundbreakers, I ultimately found myself asking "Why?"
November 27, 2013
Oldboy is lively but numb - checked out, as if Lee were directing it following a period of intense convalescence.
November 27, 2013
Viewers who are coming to it cold will, most likely, leave feeling enervated, confused, and queasy.
November 27, 2013
What's onscreen feels squeezed, truncated and curiously embalmed. It's got no kick to it... Oldboy just lies there like old news that's not worth a second thought.
November 27, 2013
Joe walks out of his prison cell with a singular sense of focus; Lee's Oldboy never achieves anything like that kind of clarity.
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