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Punch-Drunk Love Reviews

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 26, 2012
Anderson knows precisely how to convey his ideas, but the ideas themselves often feel slight once delivered.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Odd romantic journey for adults and older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 3, 2008
...Punch-Drunk Love is (and always will be) the crowning achievement within Anderson's filmography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
David Ansen
November 1, 2007
It's a romantic comedy on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Rob Gonsalves
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
A trifle at 89 minutes with a genuine, heartfelt performance by Mr. Sandler, and not much else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Watson is simply radiant with her goofy and beautiful smile, while Sandler's psychotic nice-guy schtick makes for some really great moments.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The film looks good and has its funny moments, but too often one senses Anderson straining to impress...
Jordan Hiller
January 4, 2006
Paul Thomas Anderson used Sandler for a very specific purpose -to convey a sense of tough-luck awkwardness and smile-masking-frown frustration, and it worked perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
December 6, 2005
Anderson is simply punch-drunk on the possibilities of cinema, and sophisticated film lovers will be more than willing to go wherever he goes -- yes, even to an Adam Sandler movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
What really makes this movie so special, apart from the revelation that Adam Sandler can act, is the direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Punch-drunk Love reminds me of why I go to movies in the first place. To be challenged, surprised, transported, inspired, and exhilarated.
| Original Score: A
Todd Gilchrist
February 1, 2004
The elements of tragedy aren't life and death issues in this movie, and Anderson's film wisely contains itself to the microcosm of this one man's beleaguered existence.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 1, 2004
[I]t's no secret that... certain films [are] critic's darlings... leav[ing] moviegoers vowing never to trust a critic again. This season [it's] Punch-Drunk Love.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
Unlike any romantic comedy this year, with a vision so wondrously off-kilter that you'll be swept off your feet by it, even if you don't fall in love at first sight.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
November 23, 2003
No cumple con todas las expectativas, pero sigue siendo uno de los directores más originales y talentosos que el cine norteamericano tiene para ofrecer.
Jurgen Fauth
October 15, 2003
Gimmicks in search for a heart and a soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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