Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Oct 6, 2011
    75
    If the movie ends too abruptly, it still gives plenty of screen time to its nicely screwed-up central character. And it's still a solid, assured feature debut from the latest brothers to watch.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 5, 2011
    75
    It's unfair to complain that Weiss seems over the top. The portrayal seems to be accurate.
  3. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Sep 24, 2011
    75
    Out from behind his Captain America shield, Chris Evans proves a quirky and compelling actor as Mike Weiss, a personal-injury lawyer who spends most of his time doing drugs.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Oct 6, 2011
    70
    This lacks the heft of "The Insider" (1999) or the snap of "Erin Brockovich" (2000), but it's a thoughtful entry in the growing subgenre of whistle-blower dramas.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Sep 22, 2011
    70
    The picture benefits from its performances, notably Evans' roguish appeal as a guy simultaneously driven and destructive.
  6. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Sep 17, 2011
    70
    The film is chock-a-block with extraordinary performances and no one will fault the filmmaking either. This is a well-made movie, make no mistake. It just suffers from a dysfunctional hero.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Sep 23, 2011
    63
    While the Kassen brothers do an impressive job for newcomers -- the film looks great and performances are uniformly solid -- there's some overly blunt dialogue and dead-end subplots that would have been pruned by more experienced filmmakers.
  8. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Sep 20, 2011
    60
    It's Weiss's sheer gonzo energy and his determination to keep it together (barely) in the name of justice that initially fuel this underdog tale, giving it a far more manic, unpredictable edge than your usual courtroom handwringer.
  9. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Sep 21, 2011
    58
    Puncture excels in the smaller touches, from Shaw's quiet performance to the woozy, unrushed motel idylls where the hard-driving Weiss finally slows down for a few breaths.
  10. Reviewed by: Ethan Gilsdorf
    Oct 27, 2011
    50
    This story of how corporate interests collude against the common good is surely worthy. But you might ask if the facts of the case might have made a better documentary, not a drama.
  11. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Sep 21, 2011
    50
    Like any good cautionary tale, Puncture tells a suspenseful story responsibly, creating food for thought and leaving the audience both enlightened and entertained.
  12. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Sep 20, 2011
    50
    Puncture is proudly "Based on a True Story." As is so often the case, this means an indifference to "true" human relationships in favor of crusading self-righteousness.
  13. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Sep 18, 2011
    50
    Puncture's story only moves forward thanks to Evans's charm. But a good lead performance can't single-handedly save thin material.
  14. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Sep 17, 2011
    50
    Though conceptually intriguing, the mix of downward drug spiral with uphill struggle for good never really coalesces.
  15. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 22, 2011
    40
    Notable at least in part for its fumbled potential, this health-care-industry melodrama possesses all the right ingredients: an idealistic young lawyer, a corrupt corporate villain and a sympathetic victim. It just fails to assemble them into a compelling whole.
  16. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Sep 22, 2011
    40
    Puncture is rarely more convincing than the usual legal saga.
  17. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 20, 2011
    38
    When all is said and done, Mike proves to be not only peripheral to the main thrust of the movie, but a drag on its momentum.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 23, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This story is about honor and how we pay for corporate greed. In this case, what kind of needles hospitals purchase when safer needles are available so that diseases aren't transmitted so easily. Chris Evans was able to make his flawed character, Mike Weiss, very sympathetic to me. While he did shot up drugs and sought out prostitutes for his loneliness, he used his high intelligence and law degree for what was right. He took a case no small law firm could win. So even when messing up, I felt for Weiss. I could see, his worst enemy was himself. In his short life, he tried to help a large group of people (people who use needles: patients, drug addicts like him, people in Africa, etc.) with his law degree despite the odds of losing and cost to himself that was ruining his law firm and life. Weiss had honor and conviction over common sense in business matters, and his addictions ruled the rest of what he was about. His partner friend knows they need to drop the case because it's breaking their small law firm, but he can't control Weiss. I loved seeing the partner friend pick up the case after Weiss dies, when before he was going to drop the case. Then the bigger lawyer assists the little lawyer. Now they can fight corporate greed and win. I'm sure it's Hollywood ending mixed with the truth. But knowing most of the story is real, written by the real little lawyer, gives me hope that one can fight the "system," sometimes. We just have to keep trying. Good story and a great performance by Chris Evans and other actors in a very small movie that is not getting a wide distribution. Full Review »