Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. This altogether remarkable film is as much of a paradox as Nong Toom: at once poetic and sensitive yet as gritty and hard-hitting as any boxing movie.
  2. Ekachai's film takes a more compassionate view of its subject and boasts a dynamic performance by real-life kickboxer Asanee Suwan.
  3. Reviewed by: James Wegg
    A magical vision of the ring of the imagination.
  4. 75
    An intelligent work that avoids exploitation and cheap laughs.
  5. 70
    Uekrongtham handles the material with reasonable restraint, and you can't help but cheer on the hero.
  6. Reviewed by: Russell Edwards
    Sweetly entertaining but bland biopic.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Like his intrepid hero, theater-turned-film director Ekachai Uekrongtham never misses an opportunity to brighten an otherwise ordinary palette with just a bit more color.
  8. 70
    Uekrongtham films the saga in gorgeous style.
  9. Rich with insight and cinematic style and beauty, the film tells a uniquely moving and inspiring story. Unfortunately, it takes some stamina to distill its message from its overly long, overindulgent love affair with itself.
  10. Though a bit long and occasionally ­awkward, this drama ultimately does ­justice to its inspiration - the true-life tale of boxer-turned-transsexual Nong Toom.
  11. 60
    It’s a good story, and Uekrongtham, making his feature debut, captures the camaraderie of camp life and the subsequent matches with the panache of a veteran studio hand, but the insights into Toom's psyche never extend past the fun he has applying powder and eyeliner.
  12. A rare hybrid: an underdog sports picture that's also a transgender fairy tale.
  13. Reviewed by: Chuck Stephens
    Those in search of a liberating treatise about empowered sexuality may find too much of the movie's erotic potential sublimated in sports metaphors, while those looking for a martial arts matinee will find its feats of physical prowess shriveled next to a fully engorged genre workout like "Ong-Bak."

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