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Based on 41 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 38
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What's onscreen feels squeezed, truncated and curiously embalmed. It's got no kick to it. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Oldboy is an immersion into pure twistedness. The purity of its twistedness is its saving grace. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Graphically gruesome when it means to be a provocative look at vengeance. show more

  • 38
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    The sheer brutality of Oldboy is stunning, especially a deeply disturbing scene in which Brolin tortures Samuel L. Jackson. But this is an unrelievedly grim and hermetic experience throughout, the cinematic equivalent of blunt trauma. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Leave it to Spike Lee to deliver one of the strangest, most off-putting movies for the Thanksgiving holiday. show more

  • 60
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    While Lee leaves some of Park's more memorable outrages behind, he and screenwriter Mark Protosevich find one or two ways to up the taboo-testing ante, small surprises that retain the tale's edge without pushing into the realm of exploitation. show more

  • 39
    David Ehrlich

    A slumming Spike Lee is still better than most directors at the top of their game, but Oldboy isn’t just Lee’s worst movie, it’s practically his “Wicker Man”. show more

  • 88
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    It’s generally a respectful homage that has every bit as much stylishness and visual flair. show more

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Lee’s is more of a hard-edged, hammer-and-nail noir than Park’s existential horror, and it’s far less concerned with the internal state of Joe’s mind than the external havoc it creates. show more

  • 75
    Matt Zoller Seitz

    This American version of Park Chan-Wook's Korean thriller is Lee's most exciting movie since "Inside Man" — not a masterpiece by any stretch, but a lively commercial genre picture with a hypnotic, obsessive quality, and an utter indifference to being liked, much less approved of. show more

  • January 30, 2014 eq00000000179073
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    At first the movie seems terribly ridiculous, however Spike Lee always has something in every film that is a shocker you never expect. If you are a Spike Lee fan as I undoubtedly am, you expect the unexpected in an area of the movie you least are likely to find it. Needless to say I believe there is always a message to remember, maybe not so much to necessarily apply to your life other than the fact that people are different and people can change. One thing is for sure, when you see a Spike Lee movie, you will never see the same thing again - each movie is uniqe.

  • December 18, 2013 zh00000000096519
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    If you can detach your brain and let your senses run wild, You will enjoy it. I even dare say there were couple of memorable scenes.

  • December 05, 2013 Carl R White
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    Is this a great movie? No. Is it as good as the original? No. Is it worth seeing? Yes. To enjoy, put yourself in the shoes of the Josh Brolin character. Could I survive? What would I do? Could I be that strong? Then leave the theatre thankful that these are questions you will never have to answer.

  • November 30, 2013 jvctreich
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    Everything seems to be moving along well for about the first thirty minutes; until the fight scenes start at which point the movie quickly degrades to a B minus movies. Worst made for main stream movie of the decade!!! NO STARS!!!

  • September 03, 2013 bh00000000164702
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    Please stop. Love, film person :)

  • August 09, 2013 Jim M
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    Hollywood why don\'t you try looking at the scripts that have already been written but not already made into a movie. Every time you remake a foreign film you screw it up by the way you try to \"americanize\"it. Loved the Asian version of Oldboy.

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