80

Film Threat

By K.J. Doughton
The astonishingly gonzoid fight scenes from Ong Bak 2 might be the best ever filmed.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Jaa, mesmerizing as ever to behold with his pinwheel moves, also (co)directs for the first time.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

A must-see for genre fans. Jaa in action is poetry - even in a disappointing film. Let's just hope he regains his senses for Ong Bak 3.
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60

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
The new film sometimes feels too snazzy in its jittery cinematography, but the stunts make it through the budget upgrade intact.
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60

Empire

Jaa’s period ‘beatquel’ is thick on action but thin on plot. Awesome final fight, though.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

You are not likely to see a better display of martial arts combat on screen for some time, even if you have to put up with some excruciating contrivances to get to it.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Unfortunately, the movie could use a bit of pachyderm memory, given its habit of flashing back to Tien's childhood with exactly the same footage used in previous flashbacks. Instead of the narrative being deepened, it keeps getting shallowed.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The criterion couldn't be simpler: does a 20-minute martial arts battle featuring Thai superstar Tony Jaa sound like the ideal way to spend your time and money? If not, move on.
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38

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
A plot? Tony Jaa don't need no stinking plot.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

Not only a step back in time - to 1431 - but a step back in this martial artist's international film career.
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47 out of 100
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