Welcome to the Punch - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Welcome to the Punch Reviews

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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
February 26, 2013
That Creevy has talent isn't in question; whether this substanceless stuff is the best outlet for it is another matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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March 15, 2013
A proficient but personality-free policer that demands little of either its audience or its enviable best-of-British cast.
March 13, 2013
London's never looked so good, yet outside of the crackling action scenes, there's very little on offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 10, 2013
Welcome To The Punch would be a lot more welcome if the action was less relentlessly generic and its characters less off-the-peg.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
March 26, 2013
So redolent of adolescent fantasy, you can practically hear a 12-year-old shouting "Blam!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
March 19, 2013
( ... ) the unrelenting darkness made me wonder if the post-production crew were living off carrots, carrot juice and carrot cake in the editing suite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
March 12, 2013
When it's over, all you'll remember is a whole lot of gunfire and shouting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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-
March 29, 2013
One straight-faced gunfight after another, signifying nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
March 14, 2013
It deserves respect as a kind of instructive failure - an honest showcase for the various ways Creevy can and should keep getting better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 1, 2017
Potentially fun for action fans, Welcome To The Punch is ultimately all style rather than substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 15, 2013
Creevy's film certainly looks slick and stylish, but the script isn't solid enough to make the plot convincing... McAvoy is miscast. So is London.
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