Punch-Drunk Love Reviews

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May 17, 2018
Although shot through with realism... Punch-Drunk Love comes off as a fractured millennial riff on the old-fashioned MGM musical.
November 1, 2007
It's a romantic comedy on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
June 24, 2006
The film looks good and has its funny moments, but too often one senses Anderson straining to impress...
July 29, 2003
March 25, 2003
Nothing makes much sense, and the Watson character would have run a mile from Sandler, who performs like Jerry Lewis at his least endearing.
January 7, 2003
Both funny and moving -- profoundly odd, but also oddly profound.
January 4, 2018
This is a genius romantic comedy.
March 22, 2017
Paul Thomas Anderson has done the impossible; he has written a romantic leading role for Adam Sandler that functions well on a dramatic level.
January 16, 2017
Perhaps overshadowed by Anderson's other more ostensibly serious work, Punch-Drunk Love nevertheless represents both a highlight for the director and for its star.
January 13, 2017
... weird in all the best ways, a film of unexpected bounces and unusual shadings.
November 19, 2016
Criterion has outfitted Paul Thomas Anderson's magical and career-redefining whatsit with a shimmering and gorgeously immersive transfer, suitably dressing it up for cultural posterity.
February 26, 2012
Anderson knows precisely how to convey his ideas, but the ideas themselves often feel slight once delivered.
December 28, 2010
Odd romantic journey for adults and older teens.
December 28, 2009
While certainly sweet, Love is more compelling as a veiled threat, with Anderson jerking the audience around, wielding abrasive characters and hostile situations in a manner I've come to adore.
June 3, 2009
April 29, 2009
One of the best and most poignant films of 2002...
May 28, 2008
Shots, such as when Sandler and Watson kiss in silhouette, are truly memorable -- but Punch-Drunk Love is never more than this: a series of chocolate-box moments, PT-style.
January 3, 2008
...Punch-Drunk Love is (and always will be) the crowning achievement within Anderson's filmography.
December 7, 2007
September 22, 2007
It's clear by now that whatever characterization skill Anderson showed in his lean, mean debut, 1997's Hard Eight, was a fluke.
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