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Donkey Punch (2008)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 26

Donkey Punch begins as a promising thriller, but loses credibility while adhering too closely to genre conventions.


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 11

Donkey Punch begins as a promising thriller, but loses credibility while adhering too closely to genre conventions.



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A luxurious yacht floating in the Mediterranean serves as the unlikely setting for this tightly wound horror-thriller concerning three vacationing ladies whose carefree vacation morphs into a picturesque nightmare over the grueling course of one terrifying night at sea. It began as a fun night out on the town, but after meeting three charming locals at a nearby club, the gorgeous vacationers made the fateful mistake of joining the men for a hedonistic party at sea. Unwisely climbing aboard the


Mystery & Suspense

Olly Blackburn, David Bloom

Apr 7, 2009

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Packs a magnetic jolt of fearsome intensity.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Donkey Punch is almost humorless, and there's no wink and nudge behind the mayhem to absolve us of taking its ugly, class-obsessed subtext seriously.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's Dead Calm meets Very Bad Things, with English accents.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Unfortunately, Donkey Punch delivers a donkey punch of its own.

February 4, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Anyone looking for a stoned and bikinied update of L'Avventura, Purple Noon, Dead Calm, or other boat-bound chillers will have to settle for The Real World: Death Yacht.

January 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Watching, it's easy to feel a little stranded, too.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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At least there's not a bag-head haunting the ship.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Blackburn takes one boat, one body, a rising tide of panic and a rising number of corpses and uses them all to craft the best bad news possible.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical

A nasty little thriller that might have worked had it tempered its propensity for outrageous brutality.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook
Critic's Notebook

A first class thriller from start to finish, Donkey Punch has the lot: raunchy holiday fun, gorgeous locations, a luxury yacht, drug-driven sex orgy and a mishap

March 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comment (1)
Urban Cinefile

Very Bad Things meets Knife in the Water in ... [this] thriller about not-so-bright young things trying to cover up a nasty accident.

March 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

...has been infused with an egregiously plodding sensibility that effectively renders its few positive attributes moot.

February 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

I look forward to Blackburn making a thriller with a script to match his style.

February 7, 2009 Full Review Source:

On the plus side, at least it wasn't called Dirty Sanchez.

February 3, 2009 Full Review
Philadelphia Weekly

Had director Blackburn included at least one interesting character that wasn't bird-brained and had he moved the mayhem much earlier within the plot, the film would have been at least refreshing to watch rather than mostly dull and derivative.

January 30, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

The ending is never much in doubt. Getting to it, however, involves a slightly better-than-usual assortment of cheap, harrowing thrills.

January 26, 2009 Full Review Source: MTV

An exciting, high-tensioned, fast-paced tale of seven people faced with life-altering decisions when removed from civilization in the mold of "Lord of the Flies."

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times
Tolucan Times

Violent, sex-filled thriller is rough, grisly stuff.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

With its awful ending, the whole film ends up as embarrassing as telling someone what it is you've just watched.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Comment (1)
Paste Magazine

If there's cautionary moral here it's that a girl should never introduce herself to a prospective lover as being "hardcore."

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Donkey Punch

Four blokes meet three birds, and when one delivers the titular sexual maneuver, they must decide how to handle the resulting murder.
After the first half hour, the film descends into all the horror movie cliches that Cabin in the Woods satirized. But it's sexy and occasionally delivers a suspenseful moment or two. I don't like its predictability, and I'm uncomfortable with the fact that many horror film producers think more about odd, creative ways to kill characters rather than developing them.
Overall, Donkey Punch is a horror film for all the good and ill that genre evinces.
July 24, 2012
Jim Hunter

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Not bad, but not great. Has couple of good "holy crap did that just happen?!" moments, but a few of those does not a good movie make.
February 25, 2012

Super Reviewer

I actually thought that this was pretty good. At first I thought that it was just another sex movie, but that all changed about 35 min into it. I kept wondering what the heck Donkey Punch was. Well now I know. Nothing good can ever come from that move, obviously. I thought that this was a rather entertaining movie.
October 14, 2010

Super Reviewer

The first half is actually really good and pretty original, but the second half completely ruins the movie and shows how little thought was put into constructing a suspense thriller. The acting was okay at times, but when things got dramatic and serious the performances fell apart. I would almost recommend watching it until the actual Donkey Punch and then switch it off, then it might come off as intelligent and bizarre.
April 26, 2010

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