"Jonathan Hensleigh's movie version of the Punisher's origins stays true to its hero by being similarly stripped-down, efficient and mean."New York Times
"THE PUNISHER is that rare comic book movie that actually feels like a comic book....These battles are a cost-effective throwback. They depend on the physical side of moviemaking...and top of the line stunt work..."Los Angeles Times
"[Z]ippy and amusingly cast....A film whose primary plus is a sense of humor."
"[K]ick back, and wistfully remember a time when someone named Dolph could be a movie star."
"[T]he film, directed by Jonathan Hensleigh, is consistently well-acted, and has some scenes of real power."Chicago Sun-Times
"[The] gloriously violent action sequences have a refreshingly downbeat '70s exploitation edge. Nasty, brain-dead fun."
"[The director] takes a retro-action route with tributes to pre-CGI stuntwork. Most impressive is a frantic car-chase..."
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