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  • Summary: One dark night, a former native of a rural Thai village, has his men steal the head of the town's Ong Bak (Buddha statue) to win favor with a ruthless crime boss. The locals regard the theft as a catastrophe, and seek a champion to retrieve their lost treasure. They find their man in TingOne dark night, a former native of a rural Thai village, has his men steal the head of the town's Ong Bak (Buddha statue) to win favor with a ruthless crime boss. The locals regard the theft as a catastrophe, and seek a champion to retrieve their lost treasure. They find their man in Ting (Tony Jaa), an orphaned youngster raised at the local temple in an ancient system of Muay Thai: Nine Body Weapons. [Magnolia Pictures] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. 100
    So just do yourself a favor, get out there and see Ong Bak. You’ll leave the theater bruised and battered, but you'll be happy about it.
  2. Reviewed by: Chuck Stephens
    80
    The ferocious fighting moves (adapted from ancient Muay Thai manuals by veteran Thai martial arts director Phanna Rithikrai) that constitute Ong-Bak's money shots are often truly astonishing.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Sun
    80
    An effective martial arts film destined to leave mouths agape.
  4. An impressive, adrenaline-boosted action showcase.
  5. Every action scene is a spectacularly choreographed set piece. At one point, Jaa literally fights with feet of fire. Unfortunately, whenever he comes down to earth, so does the movie.
  6. 63
    All about watching Jaa.
  7. 0
    Having root-canal surgery would be less painful than sitting through the martial-arts disaster Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. SarahV.
    Oct 23, 2007
    10
    This Muay Thai fighting movie is one of the best ORIGINALS..no strings attached,no computer effects,and best of all the stunt man himself is This Muay Thai fighting movie is one of the best ORIGINALS..no strings attached,no computer effects,and best of all the stunt man himself is the main character.So no two different people playing the same character. Expand
  2. trench
    Sep 5, 2005
    10
    Jaas performance was A+ His performance ranks right up there with the legendary Bruce Lee.
  3. TobiasK
    Dec 27, 2005
    10
    Well what can i say, This movie has got to be one of the highlights of 2005 and Tony Jaa is one of a kind for sure, the next movie starring Well what can i say, This movie has got to be one of the highlights of 2005 and Tony Jaa is one of a kind for sure, the next movie starring Tony Jaa is called "Tom Yum Goong" watch it tsrust me it is SPECTACULAR !!! Expand
  4. Riren
    Feb 2, 2007
    8
    A wildly entertaining martial arts battle film featuring one extremely talented martial artist, and one equally talented comic foil. The A wildly entertaining martial arts battle film featuring one extremely talented martial artist, and one equally talented comic foil. The people who hate this movie for its plot don't understand why this sort of movie is made. Tony Jaa's wire-free antics are a greater spectacle than most CGI studios could hope to render. Expand
  5. Jul 23, 2011
    8
    One of those surprise films that re-invigorated the martial arts genre in the middle of the decade. It had a good story which helped it standOne of those surprise films that re-invigorated the martial arts genre in the middle of the decade. It had a good story which helped it stand out from the pack. The stunts were top notch which helped it hang with some of the best martial arts films of all time. The acting is what you would expect but everything else, and it's re-watchability, make Ong Bak an instant classic. Expand
  6. Sam
    Aug 2, 2008
    7
    The fight scenes make Jackie Chan and Jet Li look like over-payed amateurs, but the story could have been better. No emmy nominee, but The fight scenes make Jackie Chan and Jet Li look like over-payed amateurs, but the story could have been better. No emmy nominee, but it'll get your blood pumpin. Expand
  7. NygunB.
    Sep 29, 2006
    0
    His other movies were better.

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