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

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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-
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
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
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
September 15, 2006
The whole point here is the action stuff, and, wow, does it deliver!
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 14, 2006
Anyone familiar with Quentin Tarantino knows he has a love for martial arts movies and cult films. So no one should be surprised to see his name in the credits of "The Protector," which he presents to American audiences.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4

IGN Movies
September 13, 2006
The Protector is the kind of film that goes beyond cinema straight to spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 13, 2006
Tony Jaa is a bad mother****er.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 13, 2006
At least four stars' worth of guilty pleasure, and maybe more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
September 12, 2006
The editing is wildly haphazard, the story continuity is a mess, and some of the photography is just terrible, but I'll be darned if the movie isn't fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
September 10, 2006
After Ong-Bak and The Protector, Jaa has proven without a shadow of doubt that he is the real deal. Now I want to see him in a real movie, not just a showcase. This movie is a mess, but you ignore it because Jaa is so mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 10, 2006
When the fight scenes, choreographed by Jaa himself, kick in, boy howdy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 9, 2006
The film suffers from choppiness and pacing...yet, Pinkaew delivers some terrific action set pieces studded with visual puns and the incredibility physicality of...Tony Jaa.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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