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

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

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M.E. Russell
Oregonian
September 8, 2006
The Protector is ridiculously fun to watch.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 8, 2006
An earnest -- if bone-crunching -- ode to Thai culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mack Bates
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 8, 2006
The resulting fights range from choppy, grainy garbage to a truly spectacular centerpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
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+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 8, 2006
Plenty of punches get thrown in The Protector, but most left me numb.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
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
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
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
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 8, 2006
While the story doesn't really hold up throughout the film, the action sequences are some of the best I've seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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