Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 14, 2005
I think you have to hang a plot and some suspense around this. It was just so dopey and so endless and so repetitive. The guy's got talent, but thumbs down for this movie.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
August 24, 2006
Just a showcase for Jaa's athletic abilities.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 11, 2005
After a while, a punch is a punch is a punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 11, 2005
While Tony Jaa is bad in a good way, Ong Bak is bad in a bad way.
| Original Score: C
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 10, 2005
...a horrible, amateurish, barely-engaging little film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
February 10, 2005
I have the feeling we'll be hearing from Tony Jaa again.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
February 11, 2005
For every moment that inspires vocal awe, there are two or three moments that produce groans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 11, 2005
Vile, humorless, distasteful, sickening.
| Original Score: 0/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
February 11, 2005
Nearly every impressive stunt is repeated in slow motion from a different camera angle, and we get to see the most eye-popping ones three times. Thus a tightly edited, 90-minute action flick becomes a bloated, 105-minute exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 11, 2005
The opening scene is best, of men combatively climbing a huge tree like crazed monkeys. After that, it's a steady slide down into the sludge pond of global junk cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
February 11, 2005
Jaa's screen time is largely about athletics, not building a character.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
| Original Score: 3/5
February 10, 2005
I defy anyone to see this film in a crowded theater and not get caught up in the energy and the excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.8/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 11, 2005
I sat through the movie impressed at how real the action sequences seemed. Then I went to the Web site, and discovered that they were real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 10, 2005
Jaa is an electrifying performer and the movie is primarily designed to show off what he does best.
| Original Score: B+
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
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
February 12, 2005
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 19, 2008
Mark Harris
Georgia Straight
February 13, 2005
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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Chuck Stephens
Village Voice
August 19, 2005

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February 12, 2005

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May 10, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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