91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In the end, 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.
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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.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
It’s generally a respectful homage that has every bit as much stylishness and visual flair.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Oldboy is an immersion into pure twistedness. The purity of its twistedness is its saving grace.
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75

RogerEbert.com

By 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.
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70

Arizona Republic

By Kerry Lengel
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. But aside from a satisfyingly clever new direction in the denouement, what distinguishes the remake from the original is its cartoonishness.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Leave it to Spike Lee to deliver one of the strangest, most off-putting movies for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
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.
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60

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Weaknesses from the original remain, including a mustache-twirling villain straight out of a Bond film (Sharlto Copley) and a Freudian master plan that unravels the more you think about it. Give credit to Lee for staying fresh, even if this feels like slumming.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Graphically gruesome when it means to be a provocative look at vengeance.
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49 out of 100
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