Metacritic Movie Ratings
Oldboy Reviews

3.0

49

out of 100

Metascore®
Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    In the end, the most impressive performance may be Spike Lee's. He uses skill without gimmickry, flash without fuss, to tap the mesmerizing soul of this pulp.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesBruce Ingram

    It’s generally a respectful homage that has every bit as much stylishness and visual flair.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterJohn DeFore

    While Lee leaves some of Park's more memorable outrages behind, he and screenwriter Mark Protosevich find one or two ways to up the taboo-testing ante, small surprises that retain the tale's edge without pushing into the realm of exploitation.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    Graphically gruesome when it means to be a provocative look at vengeance.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips

    The revenge in Oldboy is neither sweet nor sour; it's just drab.

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