Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "Spike Lee‘s Oldboy is a frustrating film. One that makes you question its existence around almost every single corner. As its own thing, Oldboy (2013) is a fairly basic revenge story, with a few twists and turns to throw you off, but as a remake of an acclaimed classic, Oldboy fails to hit its mark on more than one occasion. Spike Lee‘s talented hands do nothing with this adaptation, while Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and even Sharlto Copley do their best to make the film not a complete chore to sit through. This version of Oldboy will quickly be forgotten."