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The Love Punch


Retirement at last! Middle-aged and divorced, company owner Richard Jones is looking forward to a worry-free existence as he arrives at his office on his last day of work. Much to his dismay, he discovers that the management buyout of his company was fraudulent. The company is now bankrupt and the employee pension fund — including his own — has been embezzled. Enlisting the help of his ex-wife Kate, Richard sets out to track down the shady businessman behind the fraud...

Actors: Emma Thompson , Pierce Brosnan , Tuppence Middleton , Timothy Spall , Celia Imrie , Louise Bourgoin , Marisa Berenson , Laurent Lafitte , Tom Morton , Sabine Crossen
Directors: Joel Hopkins
Country: FRANCE , UK
Release: 2014-05-23
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  • Stephan Lee

    There’s nothing remotely original about the premise, and jokes about prostates feel more pandering than funny, but the leads make this dumb romantic caper watchable.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    The Love Punch gets by in no small part thanks to the individual charms and collective chemistry between leads Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Anna Smith

    The by-the-numbers plotting is a little clunky but there's fun to be had in the cast's easy chemistry.

    Empire Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    It’s all third-rate “Pink Panther” stuff, and Brosnan, eager to play down his 007 bona fides, overcorrects.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Courtney Shea

    The Love Punch feels like a remake of an old MGM caper comedy. It’s not, but it feels that way, which will certainly set it apart from the Disney villains, X-people and radioactive sea monsters of the summer movie schedule.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    Some wonderful actors add class to the material, which struggles to find a consistent register of cartoonishness.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    There's nothing particularly off-putting about the movie. It's all right. But neither is there anything especially compelling. In the context of this cast, another descriptive word comes to mind: disappointing.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The Love Punch is a romantic comedy as painfully unfunny as a sock in the jaw.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    This movie couldn’t be more fantastical if dragons swooped down and incinerated London, Paris and the south of France.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    An empty-headed nothing of a caper comedy.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Abby Garnett

    The Love Punch is too sunny and self-effacing to be truly toxic.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Chris Klimek

    Thompson and Brosnan really are fine romantic foils. They deserve a better movie to trade barbs in. They deserve better barbs to trade.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Charles Gant

    A creaky heist-caper comedy that hopes to get by on sunny amiability.

    Variety Full Review
  • Boyd van Hoeij

    Recognizable human behavior is not this film’s forte -- which wouldn’t be a problem if something else would take its place but Punch never finds the right tone for the heterogeneous material, with sweetly melodramatic scenes alternating with high drama, some light action and farce.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    With their unforced magnetism, Brosnan and Thompson are persuasive as exes who still have chemistry... They have the verve and comic chops to ignite sparks, à la Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, but this Punch never truly connects.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    This Brit comedy has the watchability factor of a mediocre TV sitcom.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Henry Barnes

    Sometimes it works - Brosnan and Thompson are sedately charming, Spall and Imrie are naturally funny together - but there's only so much humour you can squeeze out of Pierce's dicky prostate.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    This cast of national institutions make fools of themselves with a lack of vanity that’s theoretically fun, but there’s playing to the gallery, and then there’s clambering up there to wiggle your bits at them.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Jane Crowther

    The Love Punch makes a virtue of its leads’ considerable charm and gorgeous French locations but is tonally wonky, comedically creaky and confuses light-as-a-soufflé with just plain silly.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Manages to be excruciatingly unfunny despite the presence of Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson in the lead roles.

    New York Post Full Review
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