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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 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
    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
    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: 29 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Jul 23, 2011
    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 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
  2. Jan 17, 2011
    You wanna know why this sucks... 2 words, Messed-Up. Why bother wasting millions of dollars or any other currencies. Thai films are a complete and utter waste of time! Expand

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