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Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior) Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 9, 2005
Get a load of this guy, the way he leaps over cars, slides under SUVs. Experience the man bringing the pain and unleashing wrath. Gaze with wide eyes at his jackhammer fists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 9, 2005
Tony Jaa doesn't possess the authority of Lee, the charisma of Chan or the intensity of Li, though he does project the same sleepy-eyed blandness as Van Damme.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
March 6, 2005
Your jaw will hit the floor and stay there as (Tony) Jaa persistently defies both gravity and physics.
| Original Score: B+
Willie Waffle
March 6, 2005
Jaa lives up to the hype.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Mohan
March 4, 2005
For the first time in years, the simple awe that made movies like Supercop so memorable is back.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 4, 2005
Ong Bak is not very good -- but Hollywood suits would be nuts not to give Jaa a role in every action flick they make from now on.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
March 3, 2005
Jaa's moves are impressive, but the choreography ranges from bland to ridiculous (as when one dirty fighter resorts to using major appliances as weapons).
| Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 3, 2005
No prizes will be awarded to anyone who guesses that Ting beats all assailants and recovers the artifact. What you might not anticipate is how viscerally exciting director Prachya Pinkaew makes the action scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 3, 2005
Ong-Bak's only agenda is kicking butt, and it does that pretty well.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 1, 2005
More than anything, Ong-Bak is a primer in techniques for hitting people with your elbows.
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Michael Dequina
February 27, 2005
All the creatively-staged and -choreographed, knees-'n-elbows Muay Thai mayhem one buys the ticket to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Campos
Film Threat
February 22, 2005
You'll leave the theater bruised and battered, but you'll be happy about it.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
February 21, 2005
...thoroughly robust within its own skin. Visually involving and vibrantly executed, fight fans will definitely get a rousing kick out of Ong-Bak
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 20, 2005
More than anything, the filmmakers want to impress on you the wonders of Jaa's physical presence
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 18, 2005
For pure chop-socky entertainment, I haven't had such a kick since Jackie Chan was in his prime.
Rob Blackwelder
February 18, 2005
Tony Jaa has grace, style as a fighter, stunt man, but (he) can do better than Ong-Bak.
Full Review | Original Score: w.5/4
George Wu
February 17, 2005
The only reason to see it is for the action. In that arena, on a scale from 1 to 10, it's a 20.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 17, 2005
What Jaa does is often mesmerizing.
| Original Score: B-
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
February 17, 2005
Genre fans should have plenty of fun watching this cinematic showcase for Muay Thai and for Jaa's ability to kick some serious tail.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 16, 2005
The artifice-free antidote to such F/X enervation -- a jaw-dropper of a star-making display from lithe fighter-artist Tony Jaa, framed by a plot as bare-bones as a backroom boxing ring.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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