Punch-Drunk Love

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 275 Ratings

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  • Summary: Paul Thomas Anderson's fourth film features Sandler as a lonely man with serious emotional issues. As he concocts a scheme involving frequent flier miles and copious amounts of pudding, he finds himself both falling prey to a phone-sex scam and falling in love with his sister's colleague.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. 100
    Through this miasma of pain and suffering, love may not flicker more strongly than a dim lamp. But it's the only beacon to consider. Can Barry find his? Thanks to Anderson's assured picture, a symphony of cinematic textures, that disarmingly simple question becomes incredibly compelling.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    I found it exquisite. In part I responded out of sheer amazement: I've never seen anything like the sequences in which Sandler, in his boxy, sea-blue suit, charges around his warehouse to the rhythm of Brion's harsh drums.
  3. 88
    It's a small victory, but Punch-Drunk Love knows how to reap epic delight from the most precious of details.
  4. A startling achievement, but its lack of psychological dimension prevents it from making much human contact with us. It ends where it begins: in a state of shock.
  5. 80
    The movie winds up being his sunniest, for Anderson takes care to keep their love sweet, daffy and punch-drunk. This is a film in which that modern obsession, frequent-flier mileage, becomes proof of fidelity, and true intimacy is portrayed by a man telling his lover, "I'm sorry I beat up the bathroom."
  6. 75
    Quirky and stylish, but not in a manner that comes across as overly artsy or pretentious.
  7. 25
    Essentially a weird series of nonsequiturs. I'd rather be watching a sequel to the much-maligned "Little Nicky" -- a Sandler film that was at least trying to do something interesting -- than this failed experiment in fusing high and low culture.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 124
  2. Negative: 41 out of 124
  1. j30
    Nov 11, 2011
    10
    Beautiful movie by one of the best directors today. You can hardly believe that this is Adam Sandler playing the title role. He plays BarryBeautiful movie by one of the best directors today. You can hardly believe that this is Adam Sandler playing the title role. He plays Barry Egan, a lonely, socially awkward man who falls in love with one of his sisters co-workers. His character has more depth than any character he's played up to this point, combined! You can't take your eyes off of the screen. Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2015
    10
    A beautifully lit and shot film with a surprisingly brilliant and amusing performance from Adam Sandler. "Punch-Drunk Love" is dark, funny,A beautifully lit and shot film with a surprisingly brilliant and amusing performance from Adam Sandler. "Punch-Drunk Love" is dark, funny, sweet, and very, very charming to watch. It also has some of the best acting I've ever seen in a movie. Expand
  3. DrewD.
    Jan 10, 2009
    10
    It is really a testament to the sadness of America that half of them cannot appreciate a film like this. Most of them just think it is It is really a testament to the sadness of America that half of them cannot appreciate a film like this. Most of them just think it is dumb--they say it is "disjointed" or that the leads have "no chemistry". This is what doing nothing but watching TV and standard Hollywood films does to your brain: you can't understand real human relationships (which are not "explainable" and are in fact "random", at least for most of us), you can't empathize with those who clearly have some sort of disorder, and can't figure out the unity of an actually pretty straightforward film, by artistic cinematic standards. Then, perhaps even worse, there are a group who recognize that they can't understand the film, but are too proud to admit it and accuse the film of being "pretentious" and full of "fake symbolism". I am not surprised though, that those who were expecting a standard Adam Sandler film, where you are supposed to laugh at someone who is different, didn't like this film, where you are supposed to feel for someone who is different. A shame. Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2013
    9
    The first time I saw this movie I absolutely loved it. After seeing it a couple of times after the effect isn't as strong but I still love it.The first time I saw this movie I absolutely loved it. After seeing it a couple of times after the effect isn't as strong but I still love it. Any doubters on Adam Sandler and his acting ability haven't seen this film. This would have to be the best performance I've seen from him. Not much happens in the first half hour but after that it becomes so interesting. It's not always funny but there are some very funny bits. The romance between the two I loved so much, they get along so well and they're not the perfect specimens. This isn't Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence these are two average and kinda weird people. Paul Thomas Anderson has some really interesting cinematography and music. I can understand why people wouldn't find it that great or if they didn't get it at all but I really enjoyed it. Expand
  5. Apr 5, 2016
    8
    Adam Sandler's (Yes, it's even better than Happy Gilmore) ONLY great film that's ACTUALLY worth watching. (If one doesn't count Top Five, theAdam Sandler's (Yes, it's even better than Happy Gilmore) ONLY great film that's ACTUALLY worth watching. (If one doesn't count Top Five, the Hotel Transylvania movies, or Reign Over Me). Expand
  6. Jun 30, 2016
    7
    Punch Drunk-Love is a bit slow initially, but the movie has a good graceful, romantic and dramatic conclusion, Sandler playing the role of thePunch Drunk-Love is a bit slow initially, but the movie has a good graceful, romantic and dramatic conclusion, Sandler playing the role of the depressive one it contributes the only humor that has the movie. Expand
  7. RyanG.
    Apr 26, 2006
    1
    Worst Movie Adam Sandler Ever Made.

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