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Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Stephan Lee
    May 21, 2014
    67
    There’s nothing remotely original about the premise, and jokes about prostates feel more pandering than funny, but the leads make this dumb romantic caper watchable.
  2. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    May 20, 2014
    60
    The Love Punch gets by in no small part thanks to the individual charms and collective chemistry between leads Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson.
  3. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Apr 14, 2014
    60
    The by-the-numbers plotting is a little clunky but there's fun to be had in the cast's easy chemistry.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 23, 2014
    58
    It’s all third-rate “Pink Panther” stuff, and Brosnan, eager to play down his 007 bona fides, overcorrects.
  5. Reviewed by: Courtney Shea
    May 22, 2014
    50
    The Love Punch feels like a remake of an old MGM caper comedy. It’s not, but it feels that way, which will certainly set it apart from the Disney villains, X-people and radioactive sea monsters of the summer movie schedule.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    May 22, 2014
    50
    Some wonderful actors add class to the material, which struggles to find a consistent register of cartoonishness.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 22, 2014
    50
    There's nothing particularly off-putting about the movie. It's all right. But neither is there anything especially compelling. In the context of this cast, another descriptive word comes to mind: disappointing.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    May 22, 2014
    50
    The Love Punch is a romantic comedy as painfully unfunny as a sock in the jaw.
  9. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    May 22, 2014
    50
    This movie couldn’t be more fantastical if dragons swooped down and incinerated London, Paris and the south of France.
  10. 50
    An empty-headed nothing of a caper comedy.
  11. Reviewed by: Abby Garnett
    May 20, 2014
    50
    The Love Punch is too sunny and self-effacing to be truly toxic.
  12. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    May 20, 2014
    50
    Thompson and Brosnan really are fine romantic foils. They deserve a better movie to trade barbs in. They deserve better barbs to trade.
  13. Reviewed by: Charles Gant
    Apr 15, 2014
    50
    A creaky heist-caper comedy that hopes to get by on sunny amiability.
  14. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Apr 14, 2014
    50
    Recognizable human behavior is not this film’s forte -- which wouldn’t be a problem if something else would take its place but Punch never finds the right tone for the heterogeneous material, with sweetly melodramatic scenes alternating with high drama, some light action and farce.
  15. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    May 23, 2014
    40
    With their unforced magnetism, Brosnan and Thompson are persuasive as exes who still have chemistry... They have the verve and comic chops to ignite sparks, à la Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, but this Punch never truly connects.
  16. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Apr 15, 2014
    40
    This Brit comedy has the watchability factor of a mediocre TV sitcom.
  17. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Apr 14, 2014
    40
    Sometimes it works - Brosnan and Thompson are sedately charming, Spall and Imrie are naturally funny together - but there's only so much humour you can squeeze out of Pierce's dicky prostate.
  18. Reviewed by: Jane Crowther
    Apr 14, 2014
    40
    The Love Punch makes a virtue of its leads’ considerable charm and gorgeous French locations but is tonally wonky, comedically creaky and confuses light-as-a-soufflé with just plain silly.
  19. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Apr 14, 2014
    40
    This cast of national institutions make fools of themselves with a lack of vanity that’s theoretically fun, but there’s playing to the gallery, and then there’s clambering up there to wiggle your bits at them.
  20. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 21, 2014
    25
    Manages to be excruciatingly unfunny despite the presence of Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson in the lead roles.

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