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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. 50
    The second attempt to bring a dark corner of the Marvel comic-book universe to the screen, this comic-book-based revenge story is undermined by its inconsistent tone.
  4. Reviewed by: Benjamin Strong
    40
    With topical revenge fantasies already available (Dogville, the Kill Bills) and with Roy Scheider on hand as a gun-loving paterfamilias, The Punisher mismanages its greatest asset: an unusual embarrassment of camp riches.
  5. It features an insane amount of violence and a number of visual references to the comic, but it lacks the original's humor and spirit.
  6. 30
    If you can get past the goofy writing, there's lots of noisy action in The Punisher, but little of it is particularly exhilarating. In fact, it's more of an endurance test. If you can sit through it, you should consider yourself duly punished.
  7. 0
    The Punisher is such a bad film that it becomes inadvertently entertaining; it’s enough to make you pine for the original version of the black-clad Marvel Comics’ badass, played to awful imperfection in 1989 by Dolph Lundgren.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 66
  2. Negative: 13 out of 66
  1. cn
    Mar 6, 2008
    10
    I really enjoyed this film. It wasn't made to impress critics with high expectations who've never read the comic and give harsh I really enjoyed this film. It wasn't made to impress critics with high expectations who've never read the comic and give harsh reviews. Behind the violence, justified by the actions the mob took against Castle, there is a story. This movie was based on a comic and stays loyal to it. If you're not a fan of the comic or action films, instead of trying to figure out reasons to hate it try and commend what the director and actors have brought forward. This film stays a lot more loyal to the comic than the 1989 film. The atmosphere of the comic is well recreated and and isn't just typical Hollywood bullsh*t. Expand
  2. edl
    Nov 13, 2005
    9
    The problem with this movie was the marketing... After seeing the trailers I had no interest in watching this movie... Now, a year and a half The problem with this movie was the marketing... After seeing the trailers I had no interest in watching this movie... Now, a year and a half after it came out, I finally watched it and must say that it is a good movie. The marketing team should be fired because the trailers turned me and probably the rest of the world away from this pretty good comic book movie. It's not as good as Spiderman, Batman Begins, or X-Men, but it's better than Hulk, Daredevil, Fantanstic Four, and Electra! Definitely worth watching and I am now looking forward to the sequel. Hopefully they continue with the same director style. Expand
  3. Nov 29, 2012
    9
    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 whenAs 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. WakoJ.
    Apr 22, 2004
    7
    OK, so this ain't no "X-Men" or "Spiderman," BUT...it acquits itself nicely from the more than unpardonable sin committed by the likes OK, so this ain't no "X-Men" or "Spiderman," BUT...it acquits itself nicely from the more than unpardonable sin committed by the likes of "Hulk" and "Daredevil" -- it entertains. Although his performance is hit and miss (more hit than miss), Thomas Jane looks like he was born for this role. A better actor and director might have done more with the, again, hit-and-miss screenplay, but by all accounts, not an insufferable afternoon at the movies. Expand
  5. IainF.
    Oct 5, 2008
    7
    Okay, this film ISN'T original, we get that. But nowadays, most films aren't! Yes it's clichéd, yes it's Okay, this film ISN'T original, we get that. But nowadays, most films aren't! Yes it's clichéd, yes it's repetitive, yes it's predictable, but to be honest, I don't care. The action and violence is top-notch, and I don't know, something about vigilantes on quests for revenge and vengeance really gets me FRIGGIN' STEAMING. Films like The Brave One, Death Sentence, heck, even Batman to a certain degree. Thomas Jane was brilliant, John Travolta was good and believable and if you give this film a 0? Shame on you. That is harsher than harsh. The cinematography is shit I will admit, and alot of the bad guys, dialogue, the plot is clichéd but once again, I'm resorting to the famous WHO CARES? The plot isn't smart, the characters aren't smart, it's not realistic, it doesn't go into detail on the character of The Punisher enough and there are ALOT of inconsistensies with the film and the comic book, but at the end of the day, it made me laugh, and most importantly, it entertained me. Bravo douche bags for rating it so low, this film is worth watching. Expand
  6. PatC.
    Jan 31, 2007
    6
    A typical tale of vigilantee revenge that works because of the commitment of the actors to their roles.
  7. Jul 16, 2012
    0
    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 triedA 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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