Punch-Drunk Love Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Odd romantic journey for adults and older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
December 28, 2009
While certainly sweet, Love is more compelling as a veiled threat, with Anderson jerking the audience around, wielding abrasive characters and hostile situations in a manner I've come to adore.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
One of the best and most poignant films of 2002...
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 3, 2008
...Punch-Drunk Love is (and always will be) the crowning achievement within Anderson's filmography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
It's a romantic comedy on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Watson is simply radiant with her goofy and beautiful smile, while Sandler's psychotic nice-guy schtick makes for some really great moments.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
January 4, 2006
Paul Thomas Anderson used Sandler for a very specific purpose -to convey a sense of tough-luck awkwardness and smile-masking-frown frustration, and it worked perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 6, 2005
Anderson is simply punch-drunk on the possibilities of cinema, and sophisticated film lovers will be more than willing to go wherever he goes -- yes, even to an Adam Sandler movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
What really makes this movie so special, apart from the revelation that Adam Sandler can act, is the direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Punch-drunk Love reminds me of why I go to movies in the first place. To be challenged, surprised, transported, inspired, and exhilarated.
| Original Score: A
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
February 1, 2004
The elements of tragedy aren't life and death issues in this movie, and Anderson's film wisely contains itself to the microcosm of this one man's beleaguered existence.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
Unlike any romantic comedy this year, with a vision so wondrously off-kilter that you'll be swept off your feet by it, even if you don't fall in love at first sight.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
November 23, 2003
No cumple con todas las expectativas, pero sigue siendo uno de los directores más originales y talentosos que el cine norteamericano tiene para ofrecer.
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 27, 2003
Punch Drunk Love feels like a movie Billy Wilder would make if he were he hitting his stride today and able to include liberal, but appropriate, profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 15, 2003
Sandler pode até não se revelar um ator versátil, já que repete o mesmo tipo de seus trabalhos anteriores, mas dificilmente algum outro intérprete poderia preencher este filme como ele.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 12, 2003
'No es la mejor película de P.T. Anderson, pero si es una mucho mejor opción que la mayoría de las que abundan en la cartelera'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 26, 2003
It's a sweet, surreal and quirky love story that will make your heart dance.
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
March 31, 2003
Sandler essentially plays the same socially retarded moron that made him rich, but Anderson strips him of his usual comic props ... He's buried the man-child within and brought all that emotionally stunted melancholy to the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 20, 2003
Why Adam Sandler Should Only Be Allowed to Star in Other People's Movies ... gives us something genuinely and pleasantly surprising
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer
October 18, 2008

Sydney Morning Herald
April 18, 2003

Boston Phoenix
November 18, 2002
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 26, 2002
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
October 18, 2002
Paul Thomas Anderson is the real star of this semi-Sandler-saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Katrina Onstad
National Post
October 13, 2002
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