While it remains mildly entertaining throughout, Welcome to the Punch lacks the snap, crackle, and pop of other contemporary examples of the genre
| Original Score: 2/5
Creevy's ambitions are admirable and he creates an impressive sense of atmosphere throughout, but it's let down by a sketchy plot and surface-level characters.
| Original Score: 3/5
Welcome To The Punch should feel a little grander, like it's on a bigger scale to match the wide-ranging plot.
What really registers in WELCOME TO THE PUNCH is the chase scenes and the high intensity with which it all plays out.
Thankfully, a cast of solid U.K. actors pick up the slack, bringing intensity and behavioral nuance to an otherwise airy actioner that feels severely pared down from its original intent.
| Original Score: C-
When Max finally gets a chance to ask Jacob why the killer didn't kill him when he had the chance, the answer's as unsatisfying as the movie.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Fast-paced storytelling can't seem to hide Welcome To The Punch's tastelessly cookie-cutter script, created using material from every action thriller cliché you can rattle off the top of your head.
| Original Score: 5/10
"Welcome to the Punch" is derivative, dumb fun.
One straight-faced gunfight after another, signifying nothing.
Angry men mumble as they point guns at each other in a series of standoffs in Welcome to the Punch, and it almost works.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Despite its visual polish and fine ensemble, this British police drama is strictly by-the-numbers.
It becomes something of a disquisition on mortality in spite of itself.
| Original Score: B
McAvoy keeps trying to become the Scottish Tom Cruise. In action pictures, he's more the Scottish Michael J. Fox.
| Original Score: 2/4
A super solid action flick. Strong and McAvoy are terrific, and the film oozes style. Fans of Michael Mann or vintage John Woo need to check this out.
| Original Score: 8/10
Empty, pointless and stupid, the barrage of gunfire called Welcome to the Punch is another unappealing entry in the overworked British gangster genre.
Part of the pleasure of watching a movie like "Welcome to the Punch" is peeling away the multiple layers of inspiration, isolating the allusions and figuring out if they're what works or whether the movie earns a little credit.
Mistakes messiness for complexity, while ignoring characterization and real-world politics.
Ultimately a case of style over substance, and one that its top-notch British ensemble is unable to rescue.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The sheer wastefulness of Eran Creevy's Welcome to the Punch is off-putting enough, but the film is also falsely painted-up as a crime epic.
| Original Score: .5/4
So redolent of adolescent fantasy, you can practically hear a 12-year-old shouting "Blam!"