Oldboy (2013)

OLDBOY is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucette, a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 4, 2014
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Suitably grim and bloody yet disappointingly safe and shallow, Spike Lee's Oldboy remake neither surpasses the original nor adds anything new to its impressive legacy.

Wesley Morris

Everything is wrong with [Spike] Lee's version of Park Chan-wook's notorious, super-violent super-action-thriller. For one thing, it's far from super. Not the quality, per se (although, for Lee, that's off, too), but the energy.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

A vivid yet academic remake, this Oldboy is shorter, leaner and lesser.

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Colin Biggs
Movie Mezzanine

Compared directly, the difference between both films are more than a little disappointing, but with all of that said, 2013's Oldboy still has pleasures to be witnessed.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Why would we want to watch a chronicle of Joe's agonies, and the agonies he gets to inflict on others? Passing it up would be the best revenge.

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James Berardinelli

Sometimes I don't understand the Hollywood mindset. Who thought remaking Park Chan-wook's 2003 cult classic, Oldboy, was a good idea?

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Shawn Hazelett
Under the Radar

Lee takes his time crafting fiery characters and an impenetrable, who-and-why mystery only to rush through a series of arbitrary clues and explanations.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Hollywood's wildest cinematic freakout since "Shutter Island" is a remake of-and an improvement on-the Korean original, from 2003.

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Associated Press

Much of the dialogue is stilted (several scene are laughable) and the melodrama feels unmoored without the lurid, baroque atmosphere of Park's film -- which, after all, was kind of the whole point.

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Scott Weinberg

For a "pointless" and "unnecessary" remake, there's actually some really solid stuff in this one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
I haven't seen the Korean original, but what I saw here was a plot driven sonuvagun that takes no prisoners (whatever fans of the original might spout).… More
Al S
An intensely riveting and mind-blowing first-rate edge of your seat thriller. A truly serious knockout of a thrill-machine. It hits you harder than a punch, but… More
familiar stranger
Josh Brolin is an extremely bad choice for the role of the protagonist. Besides, the execution is too weak, and is bound to disappoint regardless of having… More
Mark Walker
Park Chan Wook's 2004 Korean original of "Oldboy" is one of the most visceral and emotionally devastating thrillers that you're ever likely… More
Carlos Magalhães
Perhaps those are problems created by the heavy editing of Lee's cut, but this unnecessary and watered-down remake not only doesn't add anything new… More
Josh Lewis
An inferior remake of a cult classic film, Spike Lee's new version of Oldboy suffers from uneven performances and a lack of direction. I felt like the film… More