Oldboy (2005)

South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook directed this violent and offbeat story of punishment and vengeance. Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is a husband and father whose reputation for womanizing is well known. One day, for reasons he doesn't… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 25, 2005
DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Violent and definitely not for the squeamish, Park Chan-Wook's visceral Oldboy is a strange, powerful tale of revenge.

Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Both brutal and lyrical, writer-director Park Chan-wook's existential nail-biter has torture scenes that will have you avoiding dentists, sushi bars and badly appointed hotel rooms.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Quite an achievement then, and well worthy of its Cannes prize.

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Josh Larsen

..seems to be about the awfulness and inhumanity of vengeance. But watch how the film moves.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Shakespearean in its violence, Oldboy also calls up nightmare images of spiritual and physical isolation that are worthy of Samuel Beckett or Dostoyevsky.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

It's hard to make an argument for Oldboy based on anything other than pure cinematics, but when the style speaks this loudly, it's an argument worth making.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Vengeance here's a clever, evolving beast. Dae-su's guardian-like enemy stokes his bloodlust, embittering the free man's returning love of life. The climax is a scarlet swelling into Greek tragedy as truth, reprisal and justice smear.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

There's a lot less here than meets the eye.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's mesmerizing and discomfiting, engaging the viewer on a visceral and an intellectual level.

Nick Rogers

Banzai-violence kin to "Cast Away" about a man at time's cruel whim, "Oldboy"is an endurance test worth taking. Its conclusion is the most sadistic and destructively wrathful since "Seven," and the point of no return has rarely shocked this much.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
Daesu Oh is a drunk and a philanderer but otherwise a fairly typical husband and father, until one day he is kidnapped and imprisoned in a cell for 15 years… More
Alex roy
Oldboy is the sequel to Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and is a well thought out movie that ranks up there as one of the greatest revenge films ever made. Although… More
Dan Schultz
A disturbing, dark, but undeniably creatively constructed melodrama concerning a man (Choi Min-sik) who on the evening of his daughter's birthday, is… More
Chris Weber
I'm exhausted. This is easily one of the more emotionally grueling films I've watched in a while. Part two of his so-called 'vengeance… More
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Al S
A guilty pleasure in the most disturbing, savage and grotesque way. A deranged, twisted, disturbingly mind-blowing revenge tale that will make you want to vomit… More