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The Punisher Reviews

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Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
January 17, 2016
good fun to watch the bad guys drop like flies
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Bad big screen adaptation of comic book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 6, 2010
Standard, styleless revenge fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 6, 2010
Despite some admittedly strong moments it's certainly nothing special and barely above ordinary.
Cole Smithey
May 7, 2009
If you thought "Daredevil" was lousy, then you'll be thoroughly irritated by the asleep-at-the-wheel pacing of the story of the Punisher's origin.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Yet another trophy in Marvel's movie gallery...
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
A true study in the pathology of sadism that's also one of the best action films in years.
October 14, 2008
A comic-book-movie-that-pretends-it's-not that falls between stools.
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 25, 2007
There's something to be said for letting a comic book adaptation operate at the level of a comic book, dispensing cheap laughs and ice-cold sadism.
Eric Melin
September 29, 2006
We are treated to John Travolta in yet another gloriously unconvincing evil guy role as...a cross between Hugh Hefner and his own Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Listless, lifeless, uninterestingly bleak and quite often ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic

Time Out
February 9, 2006
Ultimately, Frank's victim -to-vigilante transformation is so morally unexplored it's emotionally alienating.
Chuck O'Leary
December 20, 2005
The biggest guilty pleasure of 2004. An entertaining throwback to the kind of hardcore vigilante films Charles Bronson used to star in.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
It could make you cry, laugh or just shout out for more bloody violence, but regardless of your reaction, you're going to love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Clark
June 26, 2005
The Punisher is Commando with an identity crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 26, 2005
Run of the mill revenge proped up with a couple of good fights and a singing assassin.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cynthia Fuchs
November 19, 2004
Ungainly and grim, the movie is loaded with comic-book heroic clichés and explosive effects (the surfeit just turns silly by film's end).
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
November 19, 2004
This reactionary revenger will bring real satisfaction to fans of Bush's foreign policy -- but probably not to anybody else.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
I enjoyed this film because I took it with a grain of salt and viewed it as a comedy. If you're looking to see a serious thriller, this is not it.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Nev Pierce
October 6, 2004
A comicbook action movie with an unpleasant edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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