Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)
Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior) (2005)

Thai stuntman Tony Jaa makes his starring debut in this martial arts action film directed by Prachya Pinkaew. Ja plays Ting, a young man living in a village in rural Thailand. Discovered as an infant on the steps of the town's temple… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 30, 2005
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior may be no great shakes as a movie, critics are hailing the emergence of a new star in Tony Jaa, whose athletic performance is drawing comparisons with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Ong Bak is not very good -- but Hollywood suits would be nuts not to give Jaa a role in every action flick they make from now on.

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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What Jaa does is often mesmerizing.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

May be the supreme example of a filmic endeavor succeeding exclusively for one cinematic aspect.

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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

Jaa's moves are impressive, but the choreography ranges from bland to ridiculous (as when one dirty fighter resorts to using major appliances as weapons).

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

The artifice-free antidote to such F/X enervation -- a jaw-dropper of a star-making display from lithe fighter-artist Tony Jaa, framed by a plot as bare-bones as a backroom boxing ring.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Knocked my socks off, and I was cursing myself for not seeing it sooner.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

No prizes will be awarded to anyone who guesses that Ting beats all assailants and recovers the artifact. What you might not anticipate is how viscerally exciting director Prachya Pinkaew makes the action scenes.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The best parts of this movie are the gritty and grisly fight sequences that have a power and intensity you don't find in many movies nowadays.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Genius. Perfection. Thai-style fighting with sequences that will make you shout at the screen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Like so many martial arts movies out there, it lacks in structure and is clearly more of an excuse to show great fighting scenes - and those are definitely… More
Phil Hubbs
Tony Jaa burst onto the scene with this high octane Muay Thai fighter which really turned my head, a long time fan of good old JCVD I knew of kickboxing and… More
Daniel Perry
I admit, I don't watch a ton of martial arts movies. I wouldn't have the first clue if this were a film full of cliches or a complete reinvention of… More
Lewis C.
A young country man travels to Bangkok to recover the stolen stone head of Ong-Bak, the Buddha statue of his village. Though he is an incredibly skilled Muay… More
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Idrees Khan
One of the best martial arts movies in recent years.