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+
Tim Grierson
Screen International
September 21, 2011
You can't escape the impression that the actual events the movie dramatises are far more compelling than what's on the screen.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
September 23, 2011
The topic of safety needles is certainly an important one but not one that makes for very interesting drama; the Kassens would have been better off making a doc and having Evans narrate it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 13, 2011
Stick a pin in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
January 13, 2012
Although Evans is spectacular, the elements of this lopsided conspiracy thriller never quite jell.
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
April 24, 2011
If you like your films like you like your airport fiction, then Puncture should be right up your alley.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
September 20, 2011
Puncture is proudly "Based on a True Story." As is so often the case, this means an indifference to "true" human relationships in favor of crusading self-righteousness.
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
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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
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
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 22, 2011
[It] possesses all the right ingredients: an idealistic young lawyer, a corrupt corporate villain and a sympathetic victim. It just fails to assemble them into a compelling whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
September 22, 2011
A typically improbable David & Goliath courtroom drama with a small lawyer battling the corporate medical establishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 22, 2011
There's something perverse about the ultra-conventional way directors/brothers Adam and Mark Kassen handle their unconventional material in the based-on-a-true-story drama Puncture.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
September 22, 2011
The issue at hand is not particularly cinematic...And the personal story is handled in a way that seems surprisingly impersonal, even superficial.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
September 23, 2011
The filmmakers want to honor this man's achievements, but viewers will likely leave the theater uncertain as to what exactly it was that he accomplished.
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
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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
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