Puncture Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
Based on the true story of Michael D. Weiss, which is convenient, since Weiss was considerate enough to live his life in a way that he surrounded himself with every possible cliche and hackneyed, obvious development imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Billy Tatum
We Got This Covered
February 11, 2013
With summer movies safely tucked away, it's the time of year where Oscar films pop up, and this week's Puncture may be a contender.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 21, 2013
...a sporadically watchable yet wholly uninvolving endeavor that probably does a disservice to the movie's real-life inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
January 13, 2012
Although Evans is spectacular, the elements of this lopsided conspiracy thriller never quite jell.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
January 8, 2012
(Evans) turns in a performance that gives no quarter. It is raw, it is dangerous, and it is unforgettable
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
December 1, 2011
Evans is good here, revealing an intensity of thought he's rarely displayed before, but it just isn't enough to pull Puncture out of neutral.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 3, 2011
"Puncture" has the unusual problem of being almost too intriguing; its based-on-true-events story seems to cry out for documentary treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe
October 24, 2011
"Puncture'' is based on an actual court case. But is this a story best served by focusing on the legal battle or the arc of Mike's flawed hero?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 21, 2011
Evans works so hard to look like a drug addict that it undermines the character's effort not to look like one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
October 18, 2011
The film veers off into an addiction/redemption story awkwardly punctuated by political correctness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 13, 2011
Stick a pin in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2011
It's a thoughtful entry in the growing subgenre of whistle-blower dramas.
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
October 7, 2011
Even with a very-good lead performance, isn't memorable enough to recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
October 6, 2011
Perhaps, one day, someone else will pick up [the movie's] effort and do the story justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Singer
Time Out Chicago
October 6, 2011
Evans's soulful performance keeps Puncture from overdosing on righteous indignation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 6, 2011
Does a commendable job of merging its David vs. Goliath elements with Weiss' personal problems, doing justice to the fact that "Puncture" is based on true people and an actual case.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 6, 2011
Electrifying in the role, Evans reminds me of other great out-of-control druggies played by Al Pacino and Nicolas Cage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
October 6, 2011
A riveting legal drama that easily represents Evans' best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
September 26, 2011
This muckracking film akin to Ida Tarbell and Lincoln Steffens exposes the multi-billion dollar purchasing scandal in the healthcare industry in the guise of an entertaining thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 24, 2011
Social-activist-filmmaking goes astray at the hands of dueling sibling directors Mark and Adam Kassen.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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