An FBI agent (Thomas Jane) becomes a gun-toting vigilante after a crooked businessman (John Travolta) orders hit men to murder his family.
" There isn't a moment in The Punisher that isn't borrowed or stolen from another movie. "
" Mismanages its greatest asset: an unusual embarrassment of camp riches. "
" Gets us lost early in the first half-hour and never succeeds in completely luring us in. "
" The Punisher doesn't rise to the top of an ever-growing, comic-book movie heap. "
" Hensleigh, co-writer with Michael France, makes the paint-by-numbers of organized-crime movies look fresh by tapping good actors and sleek camera work. "
" An entertaining, if silly, film adaptation of the Marvel comic. "
" While Hensleigh's film is faithful to its source, quoting it freely, it feels more like a flesh-and-blood Peckinpah movie than another filmed comic. "
" This is an improvement over the unspeakable 1989 Punisher with Dolph Lundgren, but too often just seems like an unintentional parody. "
" A flatline affair from beginning to end, The Punisher is painfully dull, offering no characters, actions, scenes or special effects of note. "
" Thrill-less garbage that aspires to franchisehood. "
" The Punisher is so grim and cheerless, you wonder if even its hero gets any satisfaction from his accomplishments. "
" It may be pulp, but at least it's good solid pulp. "
" The pleasure we take in [the Punisher's] inability to resist his basest instincts is like taking a bite of deliciously dark chocolate: probably bad for us, definitely bitter, but still sweet and stimulating. "
" There's something to be said for letting a comic book adaptation operate at the level of a comic book, dispensing cheap laughs and ice-cold sadism. "
" Ultimately, Frank's victim -to-vigilante transformation is so morally unexplored it's emotionally alienating. "
" An uneven yet workable mix of deft humor, slam-bang action and colorful pulp-novel punch. "
" Tom Jane is a great-looking Punisher, darkly handsome and chiseled, even if the movie goes nowhere with the character. "
" The graphic nature of the violence that makes The Punisher hard to recommend without serious caveats. "
" ... a lot of fun. "
" For those who can stomach two hours of brain-dead brutality, the film has more laughs than most comedies. "
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