75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Assuming you can appreciate the high level of gore and assorted sadistic weirdness, the action is satisfying.
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75

TV Guide

Rarely have moviegoers seen such a two-fisted wrecking ball of vengeance such as the one realized here by Ray Stevenson.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

Dominic West (The Wire) plays a facially mutilated Mob boss as if he's in a broad SNL sketch.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The film works a bit better than the 2004 "Punisher" installment, the one starring surly, dislikable Thomas Jane as Frank Castle.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It looks great, it hurtles through its paces and is well-acted. The soundtrack is like elevator music if the elevator were in a death plunge. The special effects are state of the art. Its only flaw is that it's disgusting.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
No worse than the second. Still, it pales in comparison to the first, which starred Dolph Lundgren. And that, right there, should tell you everything you need to know.
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
The acting is better than the script deserves and Lexi Alexander's cut-to-the-hearse direction lends the film considerable kick.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
If most December movie releases are epic-length and Oscar-ambitious, then Punisher: War Zone has to be considered Hobbesian counterprogramming: It's nasty, brutish, and short.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The dialogue is beyond clichéd, and performances feel cobbled together from other movies.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
So unrelentingly violent that all but teen boys might as well stay home.
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30 out of 100
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