Welcome to the Punch Reviews

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March 20, 2013
This flawed, yet watchable action homage doesn't quite live up to its gun-toting influences, but a marvellous roster of Grade-A Brits tips the scales in Welcome To The Punch's favour.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
March 19, 2013
( ... ) the unrelenting darkness made me wonder if the post-production crew were living off carrots, carrot juice and carrot cake in the editing suite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 17, 2013
The set pieces (most especially the opening robbery) are expertly, if self-consciously staged.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
March 17, 2013
A thriller fashioned as the British Heat. Not too distinctive then but at least the cockney version dazzles as it regurgitates.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
March 15, 2013
After the tiny drama Shifty, British filmmaker Creevy turns to both Hong Kong and Hollywood for inspiration, creating an unusually glossy, explosive London cop thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
March 15, 2013
It's directed with skill and precisely shot, but the screenplay lacks bite and has little concern for its characters at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
March 15, 2013
The plotting and dialogue may not always be top drawer but director Eran Creevy carries it off with slick confidence.
Joe Cunningham
HeyUGuys
March 15, 2013
Between Welcome to the Punch and Shifty there are all the ingredients for a masterpiece...and you wouldn't bet against Creevy putting them all together next time around.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
March 15, 2013
Producer and fellow impressionist Ridley Scott must surely be impressed with what the younger film-maker has achieved with 8.5 million
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Guy Lodge
Variety
March 15, 2013
A proficient but personality-free policer that demands little of either its audience or its enviable best-of-British cast.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 15, 2013
Creevy's film certainly looks slick and stylish, but the script isn't solid enough to make the plot convincing... McAvoy is miscast. So is London.
Alex Zane
Sun Online
March 14, 2013
This Punch will leave a mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 14, 2013
It runs out of steam, with plot revelations visible from a mile away and a bit of a plausibility gap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
March 14, 2013
It deserves respect as a kind of instructive failure - an honest showcase for the various ways Creevy can and should keep getting better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
March 14, 2013
There's hope for the humble British crime thriller yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
March 13, 2013
London's never looked so good, yet outside of the crackling action scenes, there's very little on offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
March 13, 2013
There are some quite gripping moments along the way. It's pretty good, just not great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
March 13, 2013
The result is a tightly plotted thriller that looks like The Shard but occasionally sounds like The Gherkin. It gets away with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
March 13, 2013
Watchable British thriller enlivened by stylish direction, some impressive production design and strong performances from a superb cast ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
March 12, 2013
When it's over, all you'll remember is a whole lot of gunfire and shouting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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