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Welcome to the Punch

Action . Adventure . Crime . Thriller

When notorious criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London, it gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to take down the man he's always been after.

Actors: Johnny Harris , Jason Maza , Elyes Gabel , Daniel Kaluuya , Andrea Riseborough , Daniel Mays , Peter Mullan , David Morrissey , Mark Strong , James McAvoy
Directors: Eran Creevy
Country: UK , USA
Release: 2013-03-15
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  • Oliver Lyttelton

    For most of the run-time, Welcome To The Punch is thrillingly cinematic, beautifully made, smarter and funnier than you'd expect, and a phenomenal showcase for Creevy and his team.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

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

    Empire Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Writer-director Eran Creevy demonstrates little facility for kineticism — one of the movie’s best scenes gets flat-out ruined when he abruptly shifts to hackneyed slo-mo — and his cynical plot gets so convoluted that one of the bad guys has to break it down for the audience in a climactic monologue-at-gunpoint.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Writer-director Eran Creevy shows himself to be well versed in the mythic sweep of Christopher Nolan's and Michael Mann's crime sagas, if not their intelligence with storytelling.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    There are good movies and plenty more bad ones and many, many more that fall somewhere in between. And then there are enjoyable absurdities like Welcome to the Punch, which contain evaluative multitudes and which, scene by scene, register as not bad, pretty good and flat-out ridiculous.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    A proficient but personality-free policer that demands little of either its audience or its enviable best-of-British cast, this simplistic urban morality tale miscasts the appealing James McAvoy as one good cop whose dogged pursuit of Mark Strong’s alpha criminal only uncovers the rot within police ranks.

    Variety Full Review
  • 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.

    Total Film Full Review
  • 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.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

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

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • 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.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Steve Erickson

    When bullets aren't flying, the movie offers yesterday's goods in shiny new packaging.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Sam Adams

    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.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

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

    The Guardian Full Review
  • 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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    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.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • 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.

    New York Daily News Full Review