• Released
  • March 27, 2013
  • (Limited NY/LA)
  • R , 1 hr 39 min
  • Action/Adventure
  • 7 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A notorious criminal's return to London gives a detective a final chance to bring him to justice.

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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38

Slant Magazine

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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...
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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...
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Rated R | For Language and violence
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Stylish English cop flick has violence, language.
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