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  • Summary: Marvel's unstoppable vigilante hits the big screen. After losing his family in to mob violence, undercover FBI agent and former Marine Frank Castle (Jane) decides to dedicate himself fully to the eradication of crime from America.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 36
  2. Negative: 16 out of 36
  1. 75
    Among the recent spate of comic-book movies, from "Spider-Man" to the "X-Men," The Punisher is unique.
  2. The Punisher punishes. That's what he does, and that's all this movie does.
  3. Travolta is terrific as a bad guy, making Saint almost sympathetic. His co-stars however, flounder in a sea of bad lines, with poor Romijn-Stamos getting stuck with the worst.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Fires blanks. Thoroughly routine, pic plays like a paint-by-numbers pilot for bygone basic-cable teleseries.
  5. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    From an audience perspective, the title’s fairly apt as well.
  6. Its lack of subtlety is clearly a point of pride, and Mr. Hensleigh's flat-footed, hard-punching style has a blunt ferocity that makes "Kill Bill" look like "In the Bedroom."
  7. Don't hold your breath waiting for The Punisher to be original, not for one second of its torturous two hours.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 67
  2. Negative: 13 out of 67
  1. Jul 18, 2014
    The Punisher has great action and thrills. The movie is exactly like the comic book. The filmmakers stayed
    true to the characters and the
    dark atmosphere of the comic. The actors are spot on in the movie and this
    is the best adaptation of the comic.
  2. Dit
    Jun 14, 2011
    I really don't get why people are hating this movie! I recently watched it on t.v. and it is now one of my all time favorites! Don't listen to the critics. They don't know what they are talking about on some movies. Expand
  3. Nov 29, 2012
    As usual, the critics got it wrong with this one. It's been a while since I first saw it but even after knowing what happens and how and when it does, it's still a great movie. Other than Daredevil, this would probably the most underrated comic-to-film adaptation I've ever seen. Thomas Jane leads a solid cast and the plot is interesting and complex without losing the audience. Overall, a very enjoyable experience. Expand
  4. Feb 17, 2012
    Thomas Jane was a good lead and a great pick as the Punisher. The rest of the cast was solid as well but Trevolta was very disapointing, Didnt live up to his name imo. There was a lot of good action scenes as well. However the dialouge between characters was incredibly poor at times and rather disapointing. Still, I have watched it numerous times and I still enjoy it. Expand
  5. Nov 28, 2012
    I actually thoroughly enjoyed this sensibly written film with its complex lead character.
  6. Feb 22, 2013
    The problem with this movie was that it couldn't make up its mind about what it wanted to be, and this ultimately led to its downfall at the box office. The beginning of the film is really intense and it seems like it's going to be one of those, 'it could happen in real life' comic book adaptations. After the first half hour though, that's gone and replaced with the typical unrealistic bull This film also couldn't decide whether or not it wanted to be PG-13 or R. Ultimately it got the R rating and has the violence that goes with it, but clearly the producers were hoping for the PG-13, and have some really childish parts to it. I hate when that happens, make up your mind! If you're going to be violent and crazy, then go all out, and if not, tone it down and get the PG-13. When they mix both styles, they don't appeal to a larger audience, they appeal to a smaller one. The cast did an adequate job, the story was alright, and the action was pretty cool, but there really isn't much here. Expand
  7. Jul 16, 2012
    A boring movie with no positives. I remember seeing this in the cinema and hating it. Years later after reading the Garth Ennis comics I tried watching it again, on the advice of the friend that leant me the comics. Less then half way through I had to turn it off. If anything it's worse after reading the books. Hammy dialogue, a pointless sequence wherein an armoured car is built then destroyed, and an overly elaborate plan that gets thrown away in favour of just shooting everyone. Awful not worth watching at all. Expand

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