The unrelentingly brutal Ong Bak 2 was a drag after the screwball charm and breathtaking stunts of Ong Bak, and the third installment continues the trend.
Mike Hale - New York Times
Beware bone-crushing action stars bearing messages of peace and enlightenment.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
... a mix of action spectacle, period detail, hero's odyssey cliche and narrative incoherence, directed with a soberly serious, mannered grandiosity...
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
The 'enlightened' defensive fighting of Jaa, whose screen presence is more crucial than ever here in selling this scenario, pulls it off -- but just by a hair.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
I doubt that Ong Bak 3 is going to find a welcoming audience, no matter how much I wish it would.
Simon Abrams - Slant Magazine
While it doesn't fully restore matters to ideal comprehension, Ong Bak 3 is a nifty bruiser, sure to satisfy those in the mood for a little spread of Zen on their knuckle sandwich.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The problems with Ong Bak 3 are palpable... It really feels like a Game of Death situation where they're building a movie around existing footage of the star.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies