Oldboy Reviews

  • Oldboy
    • Genre : Action, Mystery, Thriller
    • Release Date :
    • MPAA Rating : R
    • Duration : 120 minute(s)
    • Production Budget : -
    • Studio : FilmDistrict
    • Official Site : http://www.hoteloldboy.com/
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Movie Reviews

  • the most impressive performance may be Spike Lee's. He uses skill without gimmickry, flash without fuss, to tap the mesmerizing soul of this pulp
    Review rate : A- by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly ]
  • swing and a miss: Spike Lee's Oldboy "reinterpretation" hoists the hammer and baseball bat with vigour, but fails to make its own mark
    2 of 4 by Peter Howell [Toronto Star ]
  • surprisingly, the movie doesn't bear much of the stylistic stamp we've come to expect of Lee, who's in his generic journeyman mode here
    3.5 of 4 by Kerry Lengel [Arizona Republic ]
  • Spike Lee's superfluous duplication of Oldboy brings to mind Samuel Johnson's famous 18th-century witticism, likening a woman preaching to a dog walking on its hind legs: "It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.
    1.5 of 4 by David Hiltbrand [Philadelphia Inquirer ]
  • Spike Lee can't find the right tone in this remake of the 2005 Korean cult hit. Bloodier and goofier, yet less funny and less thrilling, it's a near-miss
    2 of 4 by Rafer Guzman [Newsday ]
  • sadly, nothing feels alive in this movie
    1.5 of 4 by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone ]
  • relentlessly gruesome, self-consciously shocking and pretty much pointless
    1.5 of 4 by Lou Lumenick [New York Post ]
  • one of the strangest, most off-putting movies for the Thanksgiving holiday
    3 of 5 by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News ]
  • Lee's rendition is meant to be more straightforward and grounded in reality, less stylized but just as dark and shocking as its 2003 predecessor. And it does have a couple of powerful, disturbing plot twists
    2 of 4 by Claudia Puig [USA Today ]
  • Lee's Oldboy closes with a semi-happy shrug - a finale that is careful to tie up all loose ends and, in the process, makes the tense, strange picture that preceded it easier to forget
    2.5 of 4 by Rene Rodriguez [Miami Herald ]
  • Lee has not only made a perfectly worthy remake of an already perfectly worthy movie, he has Americanized it as a pop parable for the early 21st century
    3.5 of 4 by Geoff Pevere [Globe and Mail ]
  • Lee directs this deranged undertaking with great formal control and confidence... The suspense is taut, provided you can prevent yourself from frequently yelling, "That's not possible." Remember: comic book
    3 of 4 by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune ]

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