Jane is a decent actor, but this is not a part which calls for acting.
| Original Score: 2/5
The Punisher is so grim and cheerless, you wonder if even its hero gets any satisfaction from his accomplishments.
| Original Score: 2/4
Think of what might happen if someone grafted parts of Batman and Robin onto The Crow, and you'll have an idea of how unpalatable The Punisher is.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The fight scenes are, well, punishing, well-staged but so brutal that they throw the thin plot out of balance.
| Original Score: C
Bad big screen adaptation of comic book.
Oh, it's a punisher all right.
Failure, that's definitely the word. But from an audience perspective, the title's fairly apt as well.
Comic book revenge fantasy would have to struggle to hit two dimensions -- and why is Thomas Jane on board?
The Mafia slaughtered my family and all I got was this stupid T-shirt.
Another comic book blow-up posturing to be the next big action franchise.
This reactionary revenger will bring real satisfaction to fans of Bush's foreign policy -- but probably not to anybody else.
| Original Score: 4/10
For such a formulaic vigilante film, The Punisher has a far better cast than it deserves.
| Original Score: 2/4
The Punisher shouldn't be this silly even for a comic book film brought to life.
The film's attempts at noir nastiness are sabotaged by Jane's goofy furrowed-brow performance and solemn voice-over narration.
| Original Score: 1/4
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Insane, fey villain, steely-eyed avenger -- shouldn't Steven Seagal be starring in this? And if he were, would I even have wasted THIS much space writing about it?
| Original Score: C-
The Punisher is a shame, an example of a good story turned to crap.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
We knew Marvel Comics was going to toss out an indisputable turkey one of these days. They've just given us the gobbler to beat.
| Original Score: D
If you thought "Daredevil" was lousy, then you'll be thoroughly irritated by the asleep-at-the-wheel pacing of the story of the Punisher's origin.
The problem is that the movie is played utterly serious, but keeps tripping over the world of the cliché and ridiculous.
An uneven yet workable mix of deft humor, slam-bang action and colorful pulp-novel punch.
| Original Score: B