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.
November 2, 2002
It is quite a vision.
October 26, 2002
The journey toward redemption feels more like a cinematic experiment than a full-blown movie.
October 25, 2002
Despite its title, Punch-Drunk Love is never heavy-handed. The jabs it employs are short, carefully placed and dead-center.
October 25, 2002
Easily one of the best and most exciting movies of the year.
October 25, 2002
Punch-Drunk Love knows how to reap epic delight from the most precious of details.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Top Critic
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.
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