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Punch-Drunk Love Reviews

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...
November 2, 2002
It is quite a vision.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 26, 2002
The journey toward redemption feels more like a cinematic experiment than a full-blown movie.
Read More | Original Score: C+
October 25, 2002
Despite its title, Punch-Drunk Love is never heavy-handed. The jabs it employs are short, carefully placed and dead-center.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 25, 2002
Easily one of the best and most exciting movies of the year.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 25, 2002
Punch-Drunk Love knows how to reap epic delight from the most precious of details.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 25, 2002
[Anderson] uses a hit-or-miss aesthetic that hits often enough to keep the film entertaining even if none of it makes a lick of sense.
Read More | Original Score: B-
October 25, 2002
It's wacky. It's unpredictable. It's sure to give pause to Sandler fans and, smaller in number but every bit as dedicated, to Watson admirers too.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 25, 2002
Director Paul Thomas Anderson hasn't reinvented Sandler; he's just allowed those of us who tired very quickly of his innocent naif shtick to see how effectively it can be put in the service of something to care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 25, 2002
In Punch-Drunk Love, Adam Sandler doesn't so much discard his old persona as illuminate it, breathing life into the cardboard characters that populated his earlier films.
October 23, 2002
How odd that a tribute to a wildly theatrical presence should turn out so dull and prosaic.
October 23, 2002
It is already apparent that Punch-Drunk Love will not be everyone's cup of tea, but nonetheless Mr. Anderson has found a way to fashion a passionate romance out of the materials of postmodern chaos.
October 18, 2002
A weird, arresting little ride.
October 18, 2002
A weirdly sweet little love story set in waltz time and filmed as a study in contrast: light and dark, order and chaos, delicate music and ear-bending noise.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 18, 2002
Sandler is quite winning, but he doesn't stretch so much as deepen the same character he always plays.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2002
The film is exhilarating to watch because Sandler, liberated from the constraints of formula, reveals unexpected depths as an actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 18, 2002
[Sandler] plays Barry just as he would any of the comic dolts who've made him rich but this time all the panicky sadness is out where we can see it. It's a honey of a performance: controlled, achingly human, and funny in the deepest ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 17, 2002
Even if he turns around and makes Mr. Deeds 2, [Sandler] has shown that his range goes beyond mindless fisticuffs and easy laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 17, 2002
In this movie, you'll see Sandler like you've never seen him.
October 17, 2002
Manages to be both heartbreaking and happy, while managing to look like nothing you've ever seen before.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 17, 2002
One of the strangest and most beguiling romantic comedies ever made.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 17, 2002
A happy nightmare of silly-smart movie comedy that defies category -- and challenges expectations involving Sandler and his pictures.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2002
With this, not only does the former frat clown become an actor to watch, Anderson confirms his reputation as one of America's and the world's preeminent moviemakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 11, 2002
For all the incidental pleasures and anxious romanticism, Punch-Drunk Love still feels skimpy, if not hollow.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 11, 2002
It's a supposed romantic comedy with few laughs and no romance, a musical comedy without the song and dance.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 11, 2002
You may be captivated, as I was, by its moods, and by its subtly transformed star, and still wonder why Paul Thomas Anderson ever had the inclination to make the most sincere and artful movie in which Adam Sandler will probably ever appear.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 11, 2002
By turns irritating, strange, and finally entrancing, Punch-Drunk Love is something we haven't seen before: a manic-depressive romantic comedy that aspires to the soul of a musical.
October 11, 2002
No film this year has offered quite the cerebral tickle, weird invention and slaphappy gusto as Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2002
What Anderson and his equally unlikely stars, Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, have managed is to stretch the boundaries of the romantic comedy genre to their extreme outer limits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 10, 2002
Anderson orchestrates a comic romance like no other. The effect is intoxicating.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 8, 2002
Anderson has created the kind of unconventional 'romantic comedy' we might expect from him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2002
This movie's like no other movie yet it's really interesting.
October 6, 2002
A startling achievement, but its lack of psychological dimension prevents it from making much human contact with us.
October 5, 2002
What Mr. Anderson wants to do is recapture, without nostalgia, the giddiness and sweep of old movies, and his mastery of the emotional machinery of the medium is breathtaking.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 1, 2002
As elegantly crafted as it often is, Anderson's movie is essentially a one-trick pony that, hampered by an undeveloped script, ultimately pulls up lame.
June 29, 2002
The comedy here emerges not from personality but from aesthetics: the precise framing, the bravura camera movements, Jon Brion's insistently percussive score, Sandler's ridiculous blue suit.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
May 22, 2002
A delightfully idiosyncratic romantic comedy that manages to give convention a swift jab in the gut while still pushing all of the genre's requisite buttons.