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Overall 4
4.0
Audio 8
8.0
Extras 4
4.0

Welcome to the Punch Blu-ray Review

DoBlu
2 August 2013
  • Excerpt: Political agendas and unruly vengeance fill Welcome to the Punch with bloated confrontations and middling character definition. Shot in the knee and suffering residual effects, London detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) journeys on a three-year quest to stifle criminal figurehead Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong). Intermittent obstacles and grave personal cost only heat Max’s excessive, punctuated viciousness.
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Welcome to the Punch (Blu-ray)

DVD Verdict
29 July 2013
  • Summary: Judge Gordon Sullivan welcomed himself to the whole bowl. It was spiked, of course.
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Overall 6
6.0
Movie overall 5
5.0
Extras 5
5.0

Welcome to the Punch (2013)

blu-ray.com
22 July 2013
  • Conclusion: Director Eran Creevy comes from the music video world, so it's not really a surprise that Welcome to the Punch has more style than substance. The film is a stark exercise in icy colors and slo-mo, John Woo-style gunplay, but the story—which intends to have a sweeping scope, from a lowly detective to the high powers of government—just doesn't have much kick.
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Overall 8
8.0

Welcome to the Punch

Slant Magazine
10 July 2013
  • Excerpt: 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. As Creevy sees it, the rivalry between lawman Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) and stoic thief Sternwood (Mark Strong), the latter of whom has been in hiding ever since shooting Max during a getaway, is one deserving of the visual and auditory grandiosity he provides.
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Overall 7
7.3

Welcome To The Punch

AV Club
28 March 2013
  • Excerpt: About halfway through Welcome To The Punch , a British action flick that up to that point functions as a pretty standard bullet-fest, somebody gets killed. That is by no means unusual—lots of people have already been killed by that point in the film, and have long since been forgotten. What makes this scene different is that the murder carries much less weight than the seemingly endless anticipation of the murder.
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Overall 7
7.0

Welcome to the Punch

The Digital Fix
25 March 2013
  • Excerpt: Stylish crime thrillers featuring cops chasing robbers are ten-a-penny in today�s film world. Finding a British one though is considerably trickier, as stylish here is the operative word.
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Review: ‘Welcome to the Punch’

Variety
17 March 2013
  • Summary: In 2008, Eran Creevy's bristly, assured microbudget debut "Shifty" set higher expectations than those fulfilled by his flashier follow-up "Welcome to the Punch.
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Film Review: ‘Welcome to the Punch’

Variety
15 March 2013
  • Summary: James McAvoy-starrer aims to class up the cops-and-robbers formula with more distinguished thesps
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Overall 6
6.0

Welcome To The Punch

totalfilm.com
22 July 2013
Overall 8
8.0

Welcome To The Punch

Empire Online
1 June 2013
  • Conclusion: 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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