• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 17, 2017
Season #: 2, 1
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6

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  1. Reviewed by: Haleigh Foutch
    Jan 11, 2019
    60
    The Punisher Season 2 is a lot of fun — really violent, excessive fun. Your mileage may vary. But there’s also no denying that this time around, The Punisher has swapped bullets for brains, leaning into easy entertainment over meaningful narrative.
  2. Reviewed by: Alex McLevy
    Jan 11, 2019
    58
    Despite a promising new antagonist in the form of Josh Stewart’s mysterious religious zealot (and his handlers, a pair of wealthy alt-right Bible thumpers who operate like a fusion of the Koch brothers and Franklin Graham), the new plot is continually overshadowed by Russo and his demons.
  3. Reviewed by: Alex Abad-Santos
    Jan 18, 2019
    50
    In short, it’s a mixed bag. The show’s signature fight scenes are still fantastic, as is the Punisher himself, Jon Bernthal. But something seemed to go wrong in the writers’ room this go-round, and even with a new dynamic that changes Frank’s life, there are still some stories in play that might have been better wrapped up in season one.
  4. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Jan 17, 2019
    40
    Bernthal plays Castle as a man who feels doomed to repeat the same brutal cycle over and over again, convinced that there’s only one thing he’s good for, and that, sadly, is also true of the second season of this series: repetitive, bleak, and unwilling to admit that it might be capable of doing anything new.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 200 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 200
  1. Jan 21, 2019
    2
    Season 2 is such a massive drop off. The Punisher is reduced from this compelling character to a cardboard cutout that simply finds himself atSeason 2 is such a massive drop off. The Punisher is reduced from this compelling character to a cardboard cutout that simply finds himself at the wrong place at the wrong time. Continuing the Jigsaw storyline from season 1 was a massive mistake. The subplots, once again, are a huge weakness for this show and the new characters lack the magic that the original characters had.

    I'll be glad when they cancel this show because the only good thing about it is Jon. The writing is a freaking mess and it's ruined the show.
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  2. Jan 19, 2019
    5
    I was very excited for Season 2, and Bernthal still got what it takes to play an amazing Punisher, but the story is repetitive, recycled andI was very excited for Season 2, and Bernthal still got what it takes to play an amazing Punisher, but the story is repetitive, recycled and boring with added elements of ridiculously unlikely events happening such as Christian religious fanatics with automatic guns assaulting a small town in central America or Frank Castle being the Punisher in broad, open daylight, and starting shootouts, ignoring that season 1 was all about him trying to remain hidden from public eye. Everyone knows Frank Castle is alive (again) but nobody seems to bat an eyelash. Just not very realistic this time around.

    Hard pass for me.
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  3. Jan 29, 2019
    2
    Compared to season 1 it's bad really bad, we follow a 16 year old girl controlling Frank and on the top of that she hates white man what a surprise.