100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's a movie of such jaw-dropping violence, wild improbability and dazzling style it overpowers all resistance.
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100

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Park's direction is flawless and Jung Jung-hoon's cinematography is stunning.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Oldboy is a powerful film not because of what it depicts, but because of the depths of the human heart which it strips bare.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
As always with Park Chanwook, you just hold on and let him rip.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
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.
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88

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
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."
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
His film is not for the weak of stomach or heart, but it's a stunner all the same.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
This nightmarish revenge drama from Korea is grueling, intense, cruel -- the very definition of extreme cinema.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Oldboy caused a love-it-or-hate-it stir at Cannes last year, and how could it not: It's an onslaught made to cause a sensation. Consider me simultaneously jolted and depressed.
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74 out of 100
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