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

May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 4, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 3, 2005
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).
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 17, 2005
What Jaa does is often mesmerizing.
Read More | Original Score: B-
February 16, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 14, 2005
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.
February 12, 2005
A knockout of a martial arts movie -- and an elbow to the head. And two knees to the back and a roundhouse kick to the ear for good measure.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 12, 2005
An effective martial arts film destined to leave mouths agape.
February 11, 2005
If Jaa's able to add a bit of spark to his acting, he'll make a real run at capturing an international audience.
Read More | Original Score: B
February 11, 2005
You can rightly say that Jaa has yet to establish much of a character, but give him a chance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 11, 2005
While Tony Jaa is bad in a good way, Ong Bak is bad in a bad way.
Read More | Original Score: C
February 11, 2005
I wouldn't bet against a kickboxer who sets himself on fire and then crushes an opponent between his flaming fibulas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 11, 2005
The time to catch Tony Jaa is now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 11, 2005
Imaginatively plotted destruction abounds.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 11, 2005
Jaa's screen time is largely about athletics, not building a character.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 11, 2005
Nearly every impressive stunt is repeated in slow motion from a different camera angle, and we get to see the most eye-popping ones three times. Thus a tightly edited, 90-minute action flick becomes a bloated, 105-minute exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 11, 2005
It's not often that you witness the creation of a star, so grab the chance now.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 11, 2005
Vile, humorless, distasteful, sickening.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
February 11, 2005
I sat through the movie impressed at how real the action sequences seemed. Then I went to the Web site, and discovered that they were real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 11, 2005
After a while, a punch is a punch is a punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 10, 2005
The name is Tony Jaa, but don't worry about remembering it. You'll be hearing it a lot from now on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 10, 2005
Mr. Jaa is a gifted athlete, and there's something to be said for a fighter who dances on heads only for the honor of the Buddha.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 10, 2005
Fans of action movies will find much to appreciate in this symphony of flying limbs, breaking bones and elaborately staged chases and confrontations.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 10, 2005
Young, handsome and about the most amazing pugilist/stunt performer since the days of Bruce Lee and the pre-Hollywoodized Jackie Chan, Jaa electrifies an otherwise lifeless film.
February 10, 2005
Already a much-bootlegged, beloved martial arts film in Thailand, Ong-Bak delivers a new world action star in Jaa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 3, 2004
In a genre, even in Asia, that's become overwhelmed by digital f/x, there's a real joy in seeing the back-to-basics action that Ong-Bak promotes.