The Punisher (2004) Synopsis
An FBI agent (Thomas Jane) seeks revenge for murder of his family.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Among the recent spate of comic-book movies, from "Spider-Man" to the "X-Men," The Punisher is unique.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Trashy and disturbingly violent yet fairly zippy and amusingly cast.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Considering the horrible buzz that had dogged the movie since its trailers first premiered, The Punisher turns out to be a likable...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

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For such a formulaic vigilante film, The Punisher has a far better cast than it deserves.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
It's a prevailing sense of humor that makes this an entertaining, if silly, film adaptation of the Marvel comic.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By 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...
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Wall Street Journal

By 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...
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It features an insane amount of violence and a number of visual references to the comic, but it lacks the original's humor and spirit.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie is as grim and grave as the comic book. But it lacks atmosphere. It's often illogical and drubs you numb with its single...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Punisher is a moronically inept and tedious piece of death-wish trash.
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marvel rocks

By ggbull
loved comic books way to MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...

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Rated R | For Pervasive Brutal Violence, Language and Brief Nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Bad big screen adaptation of comic book.
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