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

January 13, 2009
Bone-crunching action triumphs over story and, uh, character development.
December 15, 2006
Pretty tough to sit through.
December 15, 2006
Exactly like an elephant, mostly slow and lumbering -- but with great menacing charges of excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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-
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-
September 8, 2006
When you've got a male lead who can break heads like Tony Jaa, a little bit of story line goes a long way.
September 8, 2006
As a breathtaking follow-up to 2003's Ong-Bak: Thai Warrior, it's a whole lotta fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2006
... include[s] some incredible sequences of precision-engineered ultraviolence ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2006
The Protector is a bad film with a great star and some truly amazing action sequences. The movie is lackluster mainly because the Weinstein Co. and 'presenter' Quentin Tarantino have taken a Thai film and trimmed it from 109 minutes to about 80.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
Full Review | 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
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
Plenty of punches get thrown in The Protector, but most left me numb.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
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
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
September 7, 2006
The ambitious staging of Jaa's lean and long-limbed Muay Thai fight scenes makes them look impressive. There is just too little happening in between to engage a wider audience.
September 7, 2006
There's not much here for anyone who isn't a die-hard, unreconstructed chop-socky junkie.
September 7, 2006
Although true fans of old-style kung fu movies will love The Protector, the uninitiated may be put off by the movie's slipshod editing, the waxworks acting and the confusing story.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 7, 2006
You'll be exhausted when it's over, but harbor a lingering sense of vicarious accomplishment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2006
This is one wicked-ass cool movie, a last blast of summertime action insanity before the pretentious dramas of autumn arrive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2006
This guilty-pleasure adrenaline rush has one goal in mind: to be an airtight action machine that leaves you dizzy from the crunchety-crunch-crunch of Tony Jaa as he proves himself a contender with Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
Read More | Original Score: B+
August 3, 2006
Very silly.