Welcome to the Punch Reviews

March 29, 2013
"Welcome to the Punch" is derivative, dumb fun.
March 29, 2013
One straight-faced gunfight after another, signifying nothing.
March 28, 2013
Despite its visual polish and fine ensemble, this British police drama is strictly by-the-numbers.
March 28, 2013
It becomes something of a disquisition on mortality in spite of itself.
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
So redolent of adolescent fantasy, you can practically hear a 12-year-old shouting "Blam!"
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.
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 14, 2013
It runs out of steam, with plot revelations visible from a mile away and a bit of a plausibility gap.
March 14, 2013
There's hope for the humble British crime thriller yet.
March 12, 2013
When it's over, all you'll remember is a whole lot of gunfire and shouting.