Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Great but extremely brutal, vicious revenge story.

R 2003 120 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 5 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 17+

Watch out for that hammer!

My introduction to Chan-wook Park's work and my admiration for his storytelling inspires me to seek out all of his films. He has a foothold in both violence, misogyny, and revenge in a way that is voyeuristic, enjoyable and also super creepy and makes me want to look away. He is all of these at once in his films and Oldboy is no exception. An incredible story that is not for the weak hearted. I had no idea that a hammer could do so much.
age 9+

Phsychological Thriller

This title has:

Too much violence

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