Oldboy (2005) Synopsis
A man is kidnapped for 15 years. He is released, and has 5 days to figure out who abducted him.
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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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New York Post

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

By Peter Travers
As always with Park Chanwook, you just hold on and let him rip.
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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...
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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...
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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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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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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...
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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...
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Oldboy (2005) review

By paulmageeonline
great film...

2nd in Park Chanwook's Revenge Trilogy - Still the BEST

By lugubriousthespian
OLDBOY by Korean golden boy Park Chanwook is nothing short of brilliant in the revenge thriller genre. #1 There is no movie that exists quite like it. #2 The twists and turns of the plot are...

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Amazing and very unique!

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Best twisted mystery movie I've seen

By Haden93
The movie is beautifully crafted very violent. Keeps you in suspense and has a great twist at rivals against the 6th Sense or any other one you can think of....

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Rated R | For strong violence including scenes of torture, sexuality and pervasive language