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Based on 31 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Oldboy is a powerful film not because of what it depicts, but because of the depths of the human heart which it strips bare.
Chicago Tribune
It's a movie of such jaw-dropping violence, wild improbability and dazzling style it overpowers all resistance.
New York Post
Park's direction is flawless and Jung Jung-hoon's cinematography is stunning.
As always with Park Chanwook, you just hold on and let him rip.
New York Daily News
This hunt for revenge is really a quest for self-discovery. The story, acting and brilliant directing elevate Oldboy into a human struggle to know yourself and your place in the universe, and to live with that sometimes terrible knowledge.
Once the picture gets into Hollywood's bloodstream, it could well prove to be as influential as John Woo's 1989 crime thriller, "The Killer."
Wall Street Journal
His film is not for the weak of stomach or heart, but it's a stunner all the same.
This nightmarish revenge drama from Korea is grueling, intense, cruel -- the very definition of extreme cinema.
As mysterious as it is sinister.
More than anything else, Oldboy recalls Alfred Hitchcock with all restraint tossed to the wind, or Hitchcock's most obsessed devotee, Brian De Palma, at his most nastily inspired.
It says something when you come out of a film as weird and fantastical as Oldboy and feel that you've experienced something truly authentic. I just don't know what. I can't think of anything to compare it to.
Entertainment Weekly
Oldboy caused a love-it-or-hate-it stir at Cannes last year, and how could it not: It's an onslaught made to cause a sensation. Consider me simultaneously jolted and depressed.

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