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March 27, 2013
McAvoy keeps trying to become the Scottish Tom Cruise. In action pictures, he's more the Scottish Michael J. Fox.
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.
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
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.
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 20, 2013
This flawed, yet watchable action homage doesn't quite live up to its gun-toting influences, but a marvellous roster of Grade-A Brits tips the scales in Welcome To The Punch's favour.
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.
March 17, 2013
The set pieces (most especially the opening robbery) are expertly, if self-consciously staged.
March 17, 2013
A thriller fashioned as the British Heat. Not too distinctive then but at least the cockney version dazzles as it regurgitates.
March 15, 2013
After the tiny drama Shifty, British filmmaker Creevy turns to both Hong Kong and Hollywood for inspiration, creating an unusually glossy, explosive London cop thriller.
March 15, 2013
It's directed with skill and precisely shot, but the screenplay lacks bite and has little concern for its characters at all.
March 15, 2013
The plotting and dialogue may not always be top drawer but director Eran Creevy carries it off with slick confidence.
March 15, 2013
Between Welcome to the Punch and Shifty there are all the ingredients for a masterpiece...and you wouldn't bet against Creevy putting them all together next time around.
March 15, 2013
Producer and fellow impressionist Ridley Scott must surely be impressed with what the younger film-maker has achieved with 8.5 million
Top Critic
March 15, 2013
A proficient but personality-free policer that demands little of either its audience or its enviable best-of-British cast.
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.
March 14, 2013
This Punch will leave a mark.
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