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

Exhilarating fight sequences highlight this action-packed martial-arts adventure about an orphan (Tony Jaa) who embarks on a quest to recover the head of a Buddha statue that was stolen by a Bangkok drug lord. Petchthai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 11, 2005
DVD 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.

Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What Jaa does is often mesmerizing.

Sean Axmaker

[Tony] Jaa has an impressive physique, a steel snap to his delivery, and a gymnastic prowess to his style, and director Prachya Pinkaew puts it all on display in an endearingly naÔve martial arts adventure.

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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).

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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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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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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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I think you have to hang a plot and some suspense around this. It was just so dopey and so endless and so repetitive. The guy's got talent, but thumbs down for this movie.

Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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

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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 an excuse to show great fighting scenes - and great they definitely are,… 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.