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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    As always with Park Chanwook, you just hold on and let him rip. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    This nightmarish revenge drama from Korea is grueling, intense, cruel -- the very definition of extreme cinema. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    His film is not for the weak of stomach or heart, but it's a stunner all the same. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    This hunt for revenge is really a quest for self-discovery. The story, acting and brilliant directing elevate Oldboy into a human struggle to know yourself and your place in the universe, and to live with that sometimes terrible knowledge. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Oldboy is a powerful film not because of what it depicts, but because of the depths of the human heart which it strips bare. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a movie of such jaw-dropping violence, wild improbability and dazzling style it overpowers all resistance. show more

  • 100
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Park's direction is flawless and Jung Jung-hoon's cinematography is stunning. show more

  • 88
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Once the picture gets into Hollywood's bloodstream, it could well prove to be as influential as John Woo's 1989 crime thriller, "The Killer." show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    As mysterious as it is sinister. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    More than anything else, Oldboy recalls Alfred Hitchcock with all restraint tossed to the wind, or Hitchcock's most obsessed devotee, Brian De Palma, at his most nastily inspired. show more

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