Not great, but nowhere near as bad as it could have been, thanks to an occasionally witty script and strong performances from Jane and Travolta.
| Original Score: 3/5
Marvel's first serious misstep for a while, this is a clunky set-up for a sequel that should never come.
| Original Score: 2/5
The Punisher is mildly entertaining, for all the wrong reasons
| Original Score: 1/5
There are plenty of moments in the film that betray the talent of the people behind it, but they're sporadic at best -- unsustainable over long distances.
| Original Score: 64/100
As the Punisher, a beefed-up Jane does his best to channel Charles Bronson and Steve McQueen, but the movie keeps smoothing out the character's rough edges.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Revela-se corajoso ao levar o espectador a perceber que, depois de tantos esforços, Castle não alcança a paz de espírito que procurava.
La cinta resulta demasiado oscura para ser un producto devenido del mundo de los comics.
it may be cinematic punishment for the Denzel crowd, but this is a low-brow blast for the rest of us schlock-lovers
| Original Score: 3/5
Was "The Punisher" worth the price of admission? Not in any conceivable way. Would I see it again? Haven't I been punished enough?
Unfortunately, people who make movies about The Punisher comic book character always seem to do so without having read the freaking thing.
True to its name, "The Punisher" is indeed a punishing experience...
| Original Score: 2/4
Asks us to justify sadistic brutality simply because the central character is the designated 'good guy'.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
I'm pleasantly surprised to say that it could have been a lot worse - which is what I fully expected it to be.
Essentially, "The Punisher" turns John Travolta into a diva. If he weren't in a suit, he'd be in "Connie & Carla."
| Original Score: C
Tolerable junk if viewed in the right frame of mind.
The Punisher is a guy whose every bomb goes off, whose strategies of decimation never fail, who gets shot, beaten to a pulp and pulls together as only a comic strip hero can.
This is a revenge story told straightforwardly and economically, but with a lot of memorable character all its own.
| Original Score: A-
Although the character's methods may not be admirable, Jane's execution is perfect.
| Original Score: 3/4
Whoever first had the big idea of revisiting this material should be hung up by his Buster Browns and forced to watch the result -- then he'll know what 'punishment' means.
| Original Score: 0/4