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The Punisher Reviews

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Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
September 28, 2004
Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Leftovers like this don't count.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Empire Magazine
September 25, 2004
Marvel's first serious misstep for a while, this is a clunky set-up for a sequel that should never come.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
September 25, 2004
Not great, but nowhere near as bad as it could have been, thanks to an occasionally witty script and strong performances from Jane and Travolta.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
September 23, 2004
The Punisher is mildly entertaining, for all the wrong reasons
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joe Utichi
September 23, 2004
There are plenty of moments in the film that betray the talent of the people behind it, but they're sporadic at best -- unsustainable over long distances.
| Original Score: 64/100
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
As the Punisher, a beefed-up Jane does his best to channel Charles Bronson and Steve McQueen, but the movie keeps smoothing out the character's rough edges.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 1, 2004
Immediately forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 21, 2004
Revela-se corajoso ao levar o espectador a perceber que, depois de tantos esforços, Castle não alcança a paz de espírito que procurava.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Luis Martinez
July 8, 2004
La cinta resulta demasiado oscura para ser un producto devenido del mundo de los comics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week
June 18, 2004
it may be cinematic punishment for the Denzel crowd, but this is a low-brow blast for the rest of us schlock-lovers
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
June 11, 2004
Was "The Punisher" worth the price of admission? Not in any conceivable way. Would I see it again? Haven't I been punished enough?
Full Review
May 26, 2004
Unfortunately, people who make movies about The Punisher comic book character always seem to do so without having read the freaking thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Vanessa Sibbald
May 12, 2004
True to its name, "The Punisher" is indeed a punishing experience...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 11, 2004
Asks us to justify sadistic brutality simply because the central character is the designated 'good guy'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Mckay
May 8, 2004
I'm pleasantly surprised to say that it could have been a lot worse - which is what I fully expected it to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
April 30, 2004
Essentially, "The Punisher" turns John Travolta into a diva. If he weren't in a suit, he'd be in "Connie & Carla."
Full Review | Original Score: C
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 28, 2004
Tolerable junk if viewed in the right frame of mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
April 26, 2004
The Punisher is a guy whose every bomb goes off, whose strategies of decimation never fail, who gets shot, beaten to a pulp and pulls together as only a comic strip hero can.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
April 24, 2004
This is a revenge story told straightforwardly and economically, but with a lot of memorable character all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
April 24, 2004
Although the character's methods may not be admirable, Jane's execution is perfect.
| Original Score: 3/4
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