'Puncture' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   40 reviews
  • Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    This true-life film is a likable oddity: a rambling, low-budget Erin Brockovich with a cokehead hero.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    [It] possesses all the right ingredients: an idealistic young lawyer, a corrupt corporate villain and a sympathetic victim. It just fails to assemble them into a compelling whole.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Evans works so hard to look like a drug addict that it undermines the character's effort not to look like one.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ethan Gilsdorf Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    "Puncture'' is based on an actual court case. But is this a story best served by focusing on the legal battle or the arc of Mike's flawed hero?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Puncture is proudly "Based on a True Story." As is so often the case, this means an indifference to "true" human relationships in favor of crusading self-righteousness.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Evans is an electrifying presence, working overtime to save the day.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    Electrifying in the role, Evans reminds me of other great out-of-control druggies played by Al Pacino and Nicolas Cage.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Does a commendable job of merging its David vs. Goliath elements with Weiss' personal problems, doing justice to the fact that "Puncture" is based on true people and an actual case.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    It's a thoughtful entry in the growing subgenre of whistle-blower dramas.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Like any good cautionary tale, Puncture tells a suspenseful story responsibly, creating food for thought and leaving the audience both enlightened and entertained.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ronnie Scheib Variety (Top Critic)
    Working from a fact-based script, tyro helmers Adam and Mark Kassen fashion an impassioned expose on the health-care industry full of strange-but-true incongruities in Puncture.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    "Puncture" presents a compelling story, but it's also difficult to sympathize with Evans' doomed main character, no matter how vividly he's acted.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    The film is chock-a-block with extraordinary performances and no one will fault the filmmaking either. This is a well-made movie, make no mistake. It just suffers from a dysfunctional hero.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robert Abele Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    60
    The picture benefits from its performances, notably Evans' roguish appeal as a guy simultaneously driven and destructive.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Billy Tatum We Got This Covered
    80
    With summer movies safely tucked away, it's the time of year where Oscar films pop up, and this week's Puncture may be a contender.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    50
    ...a sporadically watchable yet wholly uninvolving endeavor that probably does a disservice to the movie's real-life inspiration.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Richard Knight Knight at the Movies
    Although Evans is spectacular, the elements of this lopsided conspiracy thriller never quite jell.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrea Chase Killer Movie Reviews
    60
    (Evans) turns in a performance that gives no quarter. It is raw, it is dangerous, and it is unforgettable
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    42
    Evans is good here, revealing an intensity of thought he's rarely displayed before, but it just isn't enough to pull Puncture out of neutral.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Moira MacDonald Seattle Times
    75
    "Puncture" has the unusual problem of being almost too intriguing; its based-on-true-events story seems to cry out for documentary treatment.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Keough Boston Phoenix
    63
    The film veers off into an addiction/redemption story awkwardly punctuated by political correctness.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) St. Paul Pioneer Press
    25
    Stick a pin in it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Tallerico HollywoodChicago.com
    50
    Even with a very-good lead performance, isn't memorable enough to recommend.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Dujsik Mark Reviews Movies
    38
    Perhaps, one day, someone else will pick up [the movie's] effort and do the story justice.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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