Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 Reviews

November 20, 2017
... where John Wick invented a superhero, crafted his universe, and detailed the entirety of his mission in a tightly paced 90 minutes, The Punisher has upwards of 11 hours to do the same thing, and all too often it's a plodding slog.
November 20, 2017
The wrong show at the wrong time. That's a dilemma even the toughest of heroes can't fight their way out of.
November 17, 2017
It's much better than Iron Fist, thank goodness, but it doesn't achieve the marrow-deep resonance in its messaging in a way that Jessica Jones does.
November 17, 2017
It seems to want to be both The Best Years of Our Lives and Death Wish IV: The Crackdown, an ambition that's not honest.
Top Critic
November 16, 2017
As usual, the production is immaculate, and Bernthal -- who never disappoints -- is his usual self. You may, however, wish (I did) that his Punisher wasn't such a humorless, unmitigated jerk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 16, 2017
It's handsomely shot and smoothly assembled, and its naturalistic, psychological, more moody than pulpy approach may work for non-comics fans who don't mind some gore with their procedural thrillers.
November 16, 2017
Unfortunately, the series is mostly a dull, superficial shoot-em-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 16, 2017
The Punisher doesn't have much time for substance. It's simultaneously too much and not enough.
November 14, 2017
It doesn't look or feel like any other show in the small-screen MCU.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 14, 2017
While Castle possesses special skills aplenty, the subplots prove tired, and for stretches the biggest danger seems to be that -- its taciturn leading man notwithstanding -- that the show is going to talk somebody to death.
November 13, 2017
Finally, the Punisher gets a little live-action justice.
November 13, 2017
It's difficult to imagine better casting than Bernthal, who communicates so fluently with impassive silences, and is convincing both when he is being terribly violent and especially gentle.
November 13, 2017
Reading The Punisher didn't make me violent, but watching The Punisher sure made me bored.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 13, 2017
The Punisher has moments of excitement, moments of bracing violence and a well-cast star at the center. It's also tedious for long stretches, and when it comes to plot details, astoundingly forgettable. The gun stuff is just an unpleasant capper.
November 13, 2017
As a narrative about veterans trying to find their place in the world, The Punisher has something to say. But it could have been so much shorter, and its placement in the Marvel universe feels tangential at best.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
November 13, 2017
Like all good noir stories, The Punisher can be very dense at times, but in a surprising twist for a Marvel show it does all come together in a way that makes sense.