Judy & Punch


Judy & Punch

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In the anarchic town of Seaside, nowhere near the sea, puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show. The show is a hit due to Judy's superior puppeteering, but Punch's driving ambition and penchant for whisky lead to an inevitable tragedy that Judy must avenge. In a visceral and dynamic live-action reinterpretation of the famous 16th century puppet show, writer director MIRRAH FOULKES turns the traditional story of Punch and Judy on its head and brings to life a fierce, darkly comic and epic female-driven revenge story, starring MIA WASIKOWSKA and DAMON HERRIMAN.


Critic Reviews for Judy & Punch

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (2)

  • A tonally complex comedy-drama about spousal abuse, infant mortality and misogyny told with magic tricks, puppets and slapstick.

    Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The overall concept, from Foulkes and her trio of story collaborators, has a bracingly original air, from the film's period anachronisms to its impressive design elements.

    Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

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  • Mirrah Foulkes' folk tale of misogyny in the Middle Ages is sometimes mischievous, sometimes grim and sometimes utterly volatile, but never formulaic. Its inventive artifice is its greatest weapon.

    Sep 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Judy and Punch is certainly the most interesting exploration of this element of British cultural history I've seen.

    Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There are memorable moments and promising directorial touches but, in another way, there is so much crammed in that it becomes a bit of a dog's breakfast.

    Aug 2, 2019 | Rating: 15/20 | Full Review…
  • Judy and Punch deserves to find an audience, as it a well written and directed story. It juggles tone skillfully - managing to be funny and entertaining whilst also making serious points which are relevant to the society we are living in now.

    Feb 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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