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The Punisher Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 15, 2004
Jane is a decent actor, but this is not a part which calls for acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 16, 2004
The Punisher is so grim and cheerless, you wonder if even its hero gets any satisfaction from his accomplishments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 15, 2004
Think of what might happen if someone grafted parts of Batman and Robin onto The Crow, and you'll have an idea of how unpalatable The Punisher is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 15, 2004
The fight scenes are, well, punishing, well-staged but so brutal that they throw the thin plot out of balance.
| Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Bad big screen adaptation of comic book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 16, 2004
Oh, it's a punisher all right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
April 16, 2004
Failure, that's definitely the word. But from an audience perspective, the title's fairly apt as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
April 15, 2004
Comic book revenge fantasy would have to struggle to hit two dimensions -- and why is Thomas Jane on board?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 15, 2004
The Mafia slaughtered my family and all I got was this stupid T-shirt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 17, 2004
Another comic book blow-up posturing to be the next big action franchise.
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
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 15, 2004
For such a formulaic vigilante film, The Punisher has a far better cast than it deserves.
| Original Score: 2/4
Christian Toto
Washington Times
April 16, 2004
The Punisher shouldn't be this silly even for a comic book film brought to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 14, 2004
The film's attempts at noir nastiness are sabotaged by Jane's goofy furrowed-brow performance and solemn voice-over narration.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 17, 2004
Insane, fey villain, steely-eyed avenger -- shouldn't Steven Seagal be starring in this? And if he were, would I even have wasted THIS much space writing about it?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
April 15, 2004
The Punisher is a shame, an example of a good story turned to crap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 18, 2004
We knew Marvel Comics was going to toss out an indisputable turkey one of these days. They've just given us the gobbler to beat.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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-
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
March 30, 2004
The problem is that the movie is played utterly serious, but keeps tripping over the world of the cliché and ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
John Lekich
Georgia Straight
August 21, 2004
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
April 16, 2004
An uneven yet workable mix of deft humor, slam-bang action and colorful pulp-novel punch.
| Original Score: B

ComingSoon.net
April 15, 2004
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