Punisher: War Zone Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
A blithely depraved shoot-'em-up in which its glum protagonist cuts a retributive swath across a vast criminal underworld, Punisher: War Zone echoes back to the unthinking low-budget action movies of the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
The final damning verdict left by the American box office, whom far from raced out to see it, meaning takings of 8m leave Punisher: War Zone the lowest grossing Marvel adaptation to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 13, 2010
...stands as the best offering out of Hollywood that Punisher fans could've hoped for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
One can assume another reboot will be in the offing after this monstrosity tanks at the box office.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
April 23, 2009
Part '80s action movie, part gross-out horror, this guilty pleasure is Saw meets Rambo . . .
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
March 18, 2009
God I love my revenge films...
Stephen Jewell
SFX Magazine
February 12, 2009
Unlike more high-powered Marvel heroes like Spider-Man and X-Men, The Punisher has never enjoyed much box office success and this excruciatingly terrible film certainly won't change that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
February 12, 2009
Earning an 18 certificate with its violence, the film is kids' stuff in all other respects: over-the-top shootouts, monstrous and barking-mad villains, a bumbling sidekick and so on. Highly enjoyable tosh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 12, 2009
The IQ is as low as the body count is high and the uncharismatic Ray Stevenson might as well have been wearing a mask for all the emotion he shows.
Mickey McMonagle
Sunday Mail [UK]
February 10, 2009
It's a good old-fashioned guns-andaction romp - and I love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
February 6, 2009
You couldn't call it shoddy, exactly, and the actors take it painfully seriously; it's just dispiriting to see all this endeavour in the service of something so humourless and disgusting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
February 6, 2009
The punishment doesn't end there, with anyone who hands over good money to watch this dreck also likely to feel the pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tom Ambrose
Empire Magazine
February 5, 2009
Another violently unsuccessful attempt to bring this comic book character to screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
February 5, 2009
'Oh God, now I've got brains spattered all over me,' exclaims The Punisher's slippery inside man, Detective Soap. You may feel the same at the end of this messy, sadistic reboot of the Marvel comic-book series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Richard Luck
Film4
February 5, 2009
Pleasantly surprising - providing you're not put off by all the gore and dismemberment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
February 5, 2009
Castle/the Punisher is not the most charismatic comic book hero at the best of times but Stevenson's jowly pallor and oil slick of hair makes him look more like an Eastern European abattoir worker than a vigilante to be reckoned with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
February 5, 2009
The franchise simply can't compete with better written and directed comic book offerings out there. This includes Howard The Duck...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
February 5, 2009
Marvel, stop punishing yourselves and put this unworkable franchise out of our misery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Howard
FHM [UK]
February 5, 2009
As entertaining as Punisher: War Zone is, there's no real depth, the plot is obvious and it's a wee bit charmless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Victor Olliver
Teletext
February 5, 2009
This is as true to a Marvel comic tale as I've ever seen - gory, serious, intense, dark and utterly psychotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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