Donkey Punch (2008)


Critic Consensus: Donkey Punch begins as a promising thriller, but loses credibility while adhering too closely to genre conventions.


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A luxurious yacht floating in the Mediterranean serves as the unlikely setting for this tightly wound horror-thriller concerning three vacationing ladies whose carefree vacation morphs into a picturesque nightmare over the grueling course of one terrifying night at sea. It began as a fun night out on the town, but after meeting three charming locals at a nearby club, the gorgeous vacationers made the fateful mistake of joining the men for a hedonistic party at sea. Unwisely climbing aboard the borrowed yacht with the libidinous strangers as the sexual tension becomes palpable, the girls realize too little too late that their most recent misstep could very well be their last after a freak accident claims the life of one, and the argument over how to handle the situation leads to a vicious struggle for survival. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Donkey Punch

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (16)

Packs a magnetic jolt of fearsome intensity.

Feb 12, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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Donkey Punch is almost humorless, and there's no wink and nudge behind the mayhem to absolve us of taking its ugly, class-obsessed subtext seriously.

Feb 12, 2009 | Full Review…

It's Dead Calm meets Very Bad Things, with English accents.

Feb 5, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, Donkey Punch delivers a donkey punch of its own.

Feb 4, 2009 | Full Review…
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Anyone looking for a stoned and bikinied update of L'Avventura, Purple Noon, Dead Calm, or other boat-bound chillers will have to settle for The Real World: Death Yacht.

Jan 29, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Watching, it's easy to feel a little stranded, too.

Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for Donkey Punch

Four blokes meet three birds, and when one delivers the titular sexual maneuver, they must decide how to handle the resulting murder. After the first half hour, the film descends into all the horror movie cliches that Cabin in the Woods satirized. But it's sexy and occasionally delivers a suspenseful moment or two. I don't like its predictability, and I'm uncomfortable with the fact that many horror film producers think more about odd, creative ways to kill characters rather than developing them. Overall, Donkey Punch is a horror film for all the good and ill that genre evinces.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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Not bad, but not great. Has couple of good "holy crap did that just happen?!" moments, but a few of those does not a good movie make.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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I actually thought that this was pretty good. At first I thought that it was just another sex movie, but that all changed about 35 min into it. I kept wondering what the heck Donkey Punch was. Well now I know. Nothing good can ever come from that move, obviously. I thought that this was a rather entertaining movie.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

The first half is actually really good and pretty original, but the second half completely ruins the movie and shows how little thought was put into constructing a suspense thriller. The acting was okay at times, but when things got dramatic and serious the performances fell apart. I would almost recommend watching it until the actual Donkey Punch and then switch it off, then it might come off as intelligent and bizarre.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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