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There's a compelling story at the heart of Puncture but viewers will have to pierce through the formulaic storytelling to find it. Read critic reviews

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A lawyer who is a drug addict fights a medical-supplies corporation in court while battling his personal demons.

Cast & Crew

Chris Evans
Mike Weiss
Brett Cullen
Nathaniel Price
Kate Burton
Senator O'Reilly
Marshall Bell
Jeffrey Dancort
Tess Parker
Jamie Weiss
Chris Lopata
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Paul Danziger
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Ela Thier
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Craig Cohen
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Paul Danziger
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Joan Huang
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Rod De Llano
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Ryan Ross Smith
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Critic Reviews for Puncture

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  • Jan 28, 2017
    There's a decent story and a strong central performance, but everything else is very average.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2015
    Not bad. Could have been much better, but I guess this is still worth checking out if you like legal movies or if you're a fan of Chris Evans.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2014
    A knockout performance from Chris Evans elevates what should have been a gripping true story but the writing is too ordinary and the pace drags too much to make it much more than average.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2013
    In "Puncture," Jaime's(Tess Parker) got a gun, which she is using to threaten her no-good husband Mike Weiss(Chris Evans), a personal injury lawyer. Otherwise, it's a pretty normal evening, with Daryl King(Jesse L. Martin) outsourcing cases to Mike and his partner in law, Paul Danziger(Mark Kassen, who directed with Adam Kassen). Their latest case involves Vicky(Vinessa Shaw), a nurse, who after being accidentally pricked by a contaminated needle, contracted AIDS. They cannot help her since she is collecting workers' compensation but they can help her friend, Jeffrey Dancort(Marshall Bell), an engineer, who has developed a single use safety needle. In response, Paul has to remind Mike not to go on a fishing expedition, especially if it involves a white whale. "Puncture" is an object lesson in that just because a movie is based on a true story, it does not exempt it from being cliched or that it will automatically make for a compelling story, coming off as turgid as it does. For example, it is anti-drug, but only in the way that using them looks really boring. As far as the safety needles go, while this is a valid issue, they only provide enough substance for an excellent PSA, a passable episode of 'Leverage' or a decent documentary; forget a narrative film. And I've seen Chris Evans do quality work elsewhere when not wearing spandex, but he can do little right in this complex role. That leaves overqualified bit players like Vinessa Shaw and Kate Burton with the movie's best moments.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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