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The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
April 25, 2011
Truly, the best martial arts film about elephants yet made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 22, 2009
In the realm of fresh martial arts movie stars, no one holds a candle to Tony Jaa.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
March 20, 2009
You have to wonder why they even bothered with the subtitles. It's not like they make much difference.
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Derek Elley
Variety
January 13, 2009
Bone-crunching action triumphs over story and, uh, character development.
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 16, 2007
a no-brainer, but also an extravaganza of inventive, visually stunning brutality (by the trunkload).
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 11, 2007
If you like you martial arts action tough, gritty and fast, Tony Jaa is your artist, as he proved on his debut with Ong Bak (2003). This is Muay Thai, a form of aggressive martial arts that makes the others look tame.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 3, 2007
If a video game allowed you to do what Tony Jaa does, it would be the bestselling video game in history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 24, 2007
It's tremendously refreshing to see a film that relies solely on the choreography of its athletic star to make the action work.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Resurrects the bad acting and absurd plotting of old-fashioned kung fu movies, as well as their exhilarating stunts and action choreography.
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Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader
December 15, 2006
Pretty tough to sit through.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
December 15, 2006
Exactly like an elephant, mostly slow and lumbering -- but with great menacing charges of excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
October 12, 2006
The Protector's plot is as sturdy as a piece of balsa wood, which wouldn't have mattered so much if the film had showcased Jaa's talents better.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
September 30, 2006
Four screenwriters get credit for the bottom-feeder script.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 27, 2006
It plays like a bad B-movie where we suddenly leave an ongoing conversation to join a fight in progress.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 23, 2006
Jaa's ingratiatingly ridiculous Protector delivers a steady stream of cheap B-movie thrills, plus two positive messages for young people: Be nice to animals, and when in doubt, always aim for the tendons.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brian Clark
Austin Chronicle
September 23, 2006
By the end you're so invigorated that narrative issues seem like an afterthought.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Marc Bernardin
Entertainment Weekly
September 23, 2006
It's silly, at times laughable, sure, but Jaa has a reckless, bone-cracking grace that transcends the film's triviality. For fight fans, he's worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 15, 2006
The story is incoherent (possibly due to Weinstein cuts in the Thai original), but if you enjoy fight scenes, this is an eye-popping amazement...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
September 15, 2006
Jaa-dropping stunts buried in an overly sentimental plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
September 15, 2006
The whole point here is the action stuff, and, wow, does it deliver!
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