80

Empire

By Dan Jolin
A confident, ambitious and action-rich Brit thriller, albeit one whose characters and clarity suffer from the frantic intensity of its pacing.
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60

Total Film

By Emma Dibdin
There’s an emotional vacuum at its centre but Welcome To The Punch is an adrenalin shot to the heart of the Brit-crime genre.
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50

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
The diminutive McAvoy, trying his hand at all manner of action, may be hoping to become the Scottish Tom Cruise. But Welcome to the Punch shows he’s still more of a Scottish Michael J. Fox, an actor better served by roles with more charm and less grimacing than this one.
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50

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Empty, pointless and stupid, the barrage of gunfire called Welcome to the Punch is another unappealing entry in the overworked British gangster genre.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Despite its fast pacing and well-staged action set-pieces, the film fails to make much of an impression.
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40

The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
It runs out of steam, with plot revelations visible from a mile away and a bit of a plausibility gap.
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40

Time Out New York

Favoring style over substance isn’t a mortal sin, but Creevy isn’t as enthrallingly slick as compatriot Guy Ritchie, nor does he have anything like the "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" auteur’s feel for Britain’s criminal class.
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38

Slant Magazine

The sheer wastefulness of Eran Creevy's Welcome to the Punch is off-putting enough, but the film is also falsely painted-up as a crime epic.
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38

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
There are a lot of casualties in this stylish, unoriginal thriller, but James McAvoy’s knee was the only one that moved me.
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Unfortunately, the rest of writer-director Eran Creevy’s film just shows that the Brits, too, make good-looking but empty thrillers, just like in Hollywood.
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49 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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