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Welcome to the Punch Reviews

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Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 11, 2014
Welcome to the Punch is a crowd-pleaser with a minimalistic attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
July 26, 2013
While it remains mildly entertaining throughout, Welcome to the Punch lacks the snap, crackle, and pop of other contemporary examples of the genre
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
June 12, 2013
Welcome To The Punch should feel a little grander, like it's on a bigger scale to match the wide-ranging plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
May 3, 2013
What really registers in WELCOME TO THE PUNCH is the chase scenes and the high intensity with which it all plays out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
April 19, 2013
Thankfully, a cast of solid U.K. actors pick up the slack, bringing intensity and behavioral nuance to an otherwise airy actioner that feels severely pared down from its original intent.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Matt Pais
April 11, 2013
When Max finally gets a chance to ask Jacob why the killer didn't kill him when he had the chance, the answer's as unsatisfying as the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
April 1, 2013
Fast-paced storytelling can't seem to hide Welcome To The Punch's tastelessly cookie-cutter script, created using material from every action thriller cliché you can rattle off the top of your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 29, 2013
"Welcome to the Punch" is derivative, dumb fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
March 29, 2013
One straight-faced gunfight after another, signifying nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Levin
March 28, 2013
Angry men mumble as they point guns at each other in a series of standoffs in Welcome to the Punch, and it almost works.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 28, 2013
Despite its visual polish and fine ensemble, this British police drama is strictly by-the-numbers.
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
March 28, 2013
It becomes something of a disquisition on mortality in spite of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
March 27, 2013
McAvoy keeps trying to become the Scottish Tom Cruise. In action pictures, he's more the Scottish Michael J. Fox.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
March 27, 2013
A super solid action flick. Strong and McAvoy are terrific, and the film oozes style. Fans of Michael Mann or vintage John Woo need to check this out.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 27, 2013
Empty, pointless and stupid, the barrage of gunfire called Welcome to the Punch is another unappealing entry in the overworked British gangster genre.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 26, 2013
Part of the pleasure of watching a movie like "Welcome to the Punch" is peeling away the multiple layers of inspiration, isolating the allusions and figuring out if they're what works or whether the movie earns a little credit.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Steve Erickson
Village Voice
March 26, 2013
Mistakes messiness for complexity, while ignoring characterization and real-world politics.
Jason Zingale
March 26, 2013
Ultimately a case of style over substance, and one that its top-notch British ensemble is unable to rescue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
March 26, 2013
The sheer wastefulness of Eran Creevy's Welcome to the Punch is off-putting enough, but the film is also falsely painted-up as a crime epic.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Sam Adams
Time Out
March 26, 2013
So redolent of adolescent fantasy, you can practically hear a 12-year-old shouting "Blam!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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