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Punch-Drunk Love Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 13, 2017
... weird in all the best ways, a film of unexpected bounces and unusual shadings.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 1, 2007
It's a romantic comedy on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
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
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
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
June 24, 2006
The film looks good and has its funny moments, but too often one senses Anderson straining to impress...
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: A
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.
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 ReviewRead More | Original Score: 1/5
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