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Welcome to the Punch Reviews

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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
Hannah McGill
The List
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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Guy Lodge
March 15, 2013
A proficient but personality-free policer that demands little of either its audience or its enviable best-of-British cast.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
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
Siobhan Synnot
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
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
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
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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
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
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
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
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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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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
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
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-
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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
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
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
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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
Jason Best
Movie Talk
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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Steve Erickson
Village Voice
March 26, 2013
Mistakes messiness for complexity, while ignoring characterization and real-world politics.
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