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The Punisher Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 16

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The Punisher is a moronically inept and tedious piece of death-wish trash.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Punishes the audience with a flat starring performance; Mr. Jane finds few sparks of life in a hero who wasn't all that lively to begin with.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A tone-deaf muddle that shifts moods more often than its lone wolf vigilante rubs out bad guys, clocking in at a punishingly paced two hours and change.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Trashy and disturbingly violent yet fairly zippy and amusingly cast.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Bad big screen adaptation of comic book.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has intense and graphic violence with many characters killed, including the Punisher's parents, wife, and child. Characters are tortured and beaten. A character attempts suicide. Characters drink (and Castle abuses alcohol). They also smoke and use bad language.

  • Families can talk about the risks that undercover law enforcers take and what they can do to protect their families. How can good memories save your life? Families could also talk about the line between justice and vengeance. What is the answer to TK's question about what makes Castle different from Saint? What does it mean to say "if you want peace, prepare for war?"

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Extreme violence with graphic injuries, many characters killed, including a child, attempted suicide. Intense and graphic violence.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some brief nudity.

  • language false5

    Language: Some very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Character abuses alcohol, reference to alcoholism, smoking.