The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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

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September 8, 2006
The star of Ong Bak is back for more revenge in The Protector, a poorly plotted variation of Ong Bak's 'You stole my village idol!' chopsocky chase picture.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 8, 2006
The Protector is ridiculously fun to watch.
Read More | Original Score: B
September 8, 2006
All in all, it's a disappointing follow-up to Jaa's 2003 breakthrough, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior. He reteams with co-star Phetthai Wongkhamlao and director Prachya Pinkaew to diminishing returns.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2006
A provincial Thai warrior rampages through Australia busting skulls and shouting 'You stole my elephants!' in this infectious b-movie smack down.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 8, 2006
This ludicrous Quentin Tarantino-chosen low-budget movie features choppy editing and an amateurish script, and it switches strangely back and forth between dubbing and subtitles.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 8, 2006
An earnest -- if bone-crunching -- ode to Thai culture.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2006
A welcome throwback to the ways of old-school kung fu movies, The Protector doesn't hold up to scrutiny if you're looking for a coherent story or powerhouse acting.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2006
Tony Jaa may have impressed in Ong Bak, but unlike idols Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, he has yet to establish a compelling screen personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 8, 2006
The Protector is a good followup to Ong-bak in introducing Tony Jaa to American action audiences. Perhaps next time we'll actually get to see the film he made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2006
The resulting fights range from choppy, grainy garbage to a truly spectacular centerpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 8, 2006
With obvious international marketing pressure to make his next movie, y'know, a little less Thai, director Prachya Pinkaew has followed up his brilliant Ong Bak with an ineptly edited, badly scripted and atrociously dubbed pudding.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 8, 2006
Director Prachya Pinkaew, armed with a bigger budget (than Ong Bak) and facing a whole new potential audience, recycles his old plot with strategic variations, and -- big surprise -- the movie doesn't feel nearly as fresh as its predecessor.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2006
The Protector is badly re-edited and rescored, only marginally better in the photography department and features a jarring partial English dub.
Read More | Original Score: C+
September 8, 2006
Plenty of punches get thrown in The Protector, but most left me numb.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 8, 2006
The elephants featured in The Protector have more personality than the star, which is a real problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 8, 2006
Jaa is energetic and inventive as he climbs walls and performs backflips; Pinkaew directs like a video game creator, and together the two of them couldn't care less about plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 8, 2006
A wearying spectacle of unpleasant crunching sound effects (enough to put us off soft shell crabs for years), bad editing, hideous cinematography and spectacularly confused plotting.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 8, 2006
This is one of those movies where guys literally stand in line, waiting to get beaten up.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 8, 2006
Despite another routine mangling at the hands of the Weinstein brothers, there's enough of Jaa's and [director] Pinkaew's dazzling artistry still intact to make this one of the most rewarding action films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 8, 2006
Tony Jaa is an expert Muay Thai fighter and trained stuntman who, like Bruce Lee, never appears to inflict the same injury twice. When he sails into a room, as if by slingshot, your blood pressure rises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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