Punch-Drunk Love Reviews

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February 26, 2012
Anderson knows precisely how to convey his ideas, but the ideas themselves often feel slight once delivered.
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.
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.
July 14, 2007
A trifle at 89 minutes with a genuine, heartfelt performance by Mr. Sandler, and not much else.
June 24, 2006
The film looks good and has its funny moments, but too often one senses Anderson straining to impress...
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.
October 15, 2003
Gimmicks in search for a heart and a soul.
September 6, 2003
In his effort to 'redefine' the romantic comedy, Anderson has made a film that is neither romantic nor funny.
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.
February 27, 2003
'Punch-Drunk Love is so convinced of its own brilliance that, if it were a person, you'd want to smash its face in.'
January 7, 2003
Self-indulgent, pointless, and hard to watch for more than a few minutes at a time.
November 9, 2002
While I have some problems with this movie, Sandler's performance is not one of them.
November 2, 2002
[Director Paul Thomas] Anderson seems more concerned about pushing the limits of weirdness than actual storytelling.
October 28, 2002
The film is too quirky and self-conscious for its own good, and never as clever as it seems to think it is.
October 26, 2002
The journey toward redemption feels more like a cinematic experiment than a full-blown movie.
October 25, 2002
[A] flukey mistake.
October 25, 2002
Punch-Drunk Love is little more than a string of intermittently amusing peccadilloes passed off as a story.
October 25, 2002
Everything about Punch-Drunk Love works in a Being John Malkovich sort of way save one. Sandler. When your star doesn't work, it's hard to get us to buy into the rest of a movie as unusual as this.
October 25, 2002
Self-indulgent filmmaking at its ugliest, despite a complex performance by Adam Sandler.
October 25, 2002
Don't be surprised if this emperor is wearing no clothes.
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