Welcome to the Punch Reviews

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August 9, 2019
Can't avoid feeling like an appetizer before the real meal.
November 18, 2018
Invariably, Welcome To The Punch succumbs to its revolving murky machinations of cat-and-mouse foreplay that never quite develops into anything percolating or persistent.
September 4, 2018
As a rule, I love James McAvoy with all my heart, but he just isn't cut out to be a scowling, hardened action hero. Too sweet, too downy, never sufficiently unreconstructed enough. I always want to pet him.
December 30, 2017
It's clear almost immediately that Creevy isn't looking to reinvent the wheel here...
September 1, 2017
Potentially fun for action fans, Welcome To The Punch is ultimately all style rather than substance.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 clich you can rattle off the top of your head.
March 29, 2013
One straight-faced gunfight after another, signifying nothing.
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.
March 28, 2013
Despite its visual polish and fine ensemble, this British police drama is strictly by-the-numbers.
March 27, 2013
McAvoy keeps trying to become the Scottish Tom Cruise. In action pictures, he's more the Scottish Michael J. Fox.
Top Critic
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.
March 26, 2013
Mistakes messiness for complexity, while ignoring characterization and real-world politics.
March 26, 2013
Ultimately a case of style over substance, and one that its top-notch British ensemble is unable to rescue.
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.
March 26, 2013
So redolent of adolescent fantasy, you can practically hear a 12-year-old shouting "Blam!"
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.
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