Punishment Park Reviews

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Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
May 11, 2010
Shot during the post-Kent State "law and order" election of 1970, Punishment Park can seem so outrageous as to verge on camp, but few other movies capture so painfully the rhetoric and desperation of the times.
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 3, 2007
an extraordinary film - provocative, incendiary and deeply depressing. Go out of your way to see it and spread the word, while you still can without being arrested.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 30, 2005
A wooly curio.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Barsanti
November 22, 2005
a troubling document from a time when the country seemed about to tip into chaos
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
November 14, 2005
Punishment Park is told in the pseudo-documentary style that defines most of the obscure body of work by British filmmaker Peter Watkins.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
June 21, 2005
The film is as widely applicable to our own factious state of the union as it was to that of America in the 1970s.
Shane Burridge
April 22, 2003
Watkins' convincing cinema-verite style contradicts what we know is an historical untruth
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 22, 2003
It is a polemic exercise between the Left and the Right, with no room for the middle point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

Empire Magazine
July 8, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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March 26, 2009
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

July 12, 2005
Jason Anderson
April 9, 2004
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