Punch-Drunk Love Reviews

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 26, 2012
Anderson knows precisely how to convey his ideas, but the ideas themselves often feel slight once delivered.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
In his effort to 'redefine' the romantic comedy, Anderson has made a film that is neither romantic nor funny.
| Original Score: C+
Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com
October 10, 2002
Wow. I have not been this disappointed by a movie in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 25, 2002
Don't be surprised if this emperor is wearing no clothes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 28, 2002
The film is too quirky and self-conscious for its own good, and never as clever as it seems to think it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 22, 2007
It's clear by now that whatever characterization skill Anderson showed in his lean, mean debut, 1997's Hard Eight, was a fluke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
A trifle at 89 minutes with a genuine, heartfelt performance by Mr. Sandler, and not much else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The film looks good and has its funny moments, but too often one senses Anderson straining to impress...
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
October 14, 2002
A crooked nose character comedy full of idiosyncrasies, yet I'm not sure if P.T. Anderson's methods always align with his intent. The result lurches and drags.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 1, 2002
As elegantly crafted as it often is, Anderson's movie is essentially a one-trick pony that, hampered by an undeveloped script, ultimately pulls up lame.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 11, 2002
It's a supposed romantic comedy with few laughs and no romance, a musical comedy without the song and dance.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 11, 2002
For all the incidental pleasures and anxious romanticism, Punch-Drunk Love still feels skimpy, if not hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 26, 2002
The journey toward redemption feels more like a cinematic experiment than a full-blown movie.
| Original Score: C+
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 1, 2004
[I]t's no secret that... certain films [are] critic's darlings... leav[ing] moviegoers vowing never to trust a critic again. This season [it's] Punch-Drunk Love.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
October 15, 2003
Gimmicks in search for a heart and a soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
October 10, 2002
Anderson has this uncanny ability to take good ideas that shouldn't take more than twenty minutes of screen time and stretching them out
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
October 11, 2002
The kind of brain fart a young and creatively impotent hothead thinks up when what he really wants to do isn't coming to him.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 2, 2002
One could say it resembles punch-drunk love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 23, 2002
It's difficult to imagine why anyone should, could or would care about any of the characters in this film.
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
November 2, 2002
[Director Paul Thomas] Anderson seems more concerned about pushing the limits of weirdness than actual storytelling.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer
October 18, 2008
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
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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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 26, 2002

Boston Phoenix
November 18, 2002

Sydney Morning Herald
April 18, 2003
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