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.
| Original Score: 8/10
(Evans) turns in a performance that gives no quarter. It is raw, it is dangerous, and it is unforgettable
| Original Score: 3/5
"Puncture" has the unusual problem of being almost too intriguing; its based-on-true-events story seems to cry out for documentary treatment.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's a thoughtful entry in the growing subgenre of whistle-blower dramas.
Evans's soulful performance keeps Puncture from overdosing on righteous indignation.
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.
Electrifying in the role, Evans reminds me of other great out-of-control druggies played by Al Pacino and Nicolas Cage.
A riveting legal drama that easily represents Evans' best work.
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.
| Original Score: 7/10
This true-life film is a likable oddity: a rambling, low-budget Erin Brockovich with a cokehead hero.
| Original Score: B
Evans is an electrifying presence, working overtime to save the day.
"Puncture" presents a compelling story, but it's also difficult to sympathize with Evans' doomed main character, no matter how vividly he's acted.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The picture benefits from its performances, notably Evans' roguish appeal as a guy simultaneously driven and destructive.
a quality film worth seeing
| Original Score: 4/5
Well-done, briskly paced and compelling drama with a vital message.
An ethically-charged courtroom drama about a David vs. Goliath battle.
Like any good cautionary tale, Puncture tells a suspenseful story responsibly, creating food for thought and leaving the audience both enlightened and entertained.
It's Weiss's sheer gonzo energy and his determination to keep it together (barely) in the name of justice that initially fuel this underdog tale...
No stranger to drug paraphernalia himself, Evans as danger junkie Weiss is deep into coke and hookers, when not stumbling into court ready to rumble over suspect syringes. Captain America sticks it to the differently dangerous medical establishment.
The film is chock-a-block with extraordinary performances and no one will fault the filmmaking either. This is a well-made movie, make no mistake. It just suffers from a dysfunctional hero.