Welcome to the Punch Reviews

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 29, 2013
"Welcome to the Punch" is derivative, dumb fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
March 29, 2013
One straight-faced gunfight after another, signifying nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 28, 2013
Despite its visual polish and fine ensemble, this British police drama is strictly by-the-numbers.
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
March 28, 2013
It becomes something of a disquisition on mortality in spite of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 27, 2013
Empty, pointless and stupid, the barrage of gunfire called Welcome to the Punch is another unappealing entry in the overworked British gangster genre.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 26, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Steve Erickson
Village Voice
March 26, 2013
Mistakes messiness for complexity, while ignoring characterization and real-world politics.
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Sam Adams
Time Out
March 26, 2013
So redolent of adolescent fantasy, you can practically hear a 12-year-old shouting "Blam!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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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