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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: 59 out of 79
  2. Negative: 13 out of 79
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  2. Sep 12, 2014
    The Punisher is a spectacular action movie with surprises and a ton of fun moments.
  3. 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.
  4. Dave
    Apr 18, 2004
    Ok, when people watch movies like The Punisher, they need to remember, don't expect anything. I knew this movie would suck. But I knew it would suck so bad that it would be awesome, which it is. I like this movie a lot, because it is like an actual comic book. Cheesey lines and super violent. There's nothing wrong with that. Sometimes you need some of that. I mean, I like good movies as much as the next guy, but sometimes you just want to watch things explode and people die. That's all this movie was, and that's all it needed to be. Expand
  5. 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
  6. WakoJ.
    Apr 22, 2004
    OK, so this ain't no "X-Men" or "Spiderman," 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
  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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