Punch-Drunk Love
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A dark comedy centering around Barry Egan, the socially impaired owner of a small business-distributing novelty toilet plungers-in the San Fernando Valley. Dominated by seven sisters, and constantly negotiating his own manhood, he is unlikely to find romance unless romance finds him. In an attempt to resolve his loneliness, while having a vulnerable moment, Barry contacts a phone sex operator who, in turn threatens him with blackmail. Connected to a larger business network, the operator sends some thugs on a mission from Utah to California, to follow, scare, and extort Barry. Barry becomes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a romantic comedy on the verge of a nervous breakdown."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"The journey toward redemption feels more like a cinematic experiment than a full-blown movie."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Anderson knows precisely how to convey his ideas, but the ideas themselves often feel slight once delivered."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"One of the best and most poignant films of 2002..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's clear by now that whatever characterization skill Anderson showed in his lean, mean debut, 1997's Hard Eight, was a fluke."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"The film looks good and has its funny moments, but too often one senses Anderson straining to impress..."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Despite its title, Punch-Drunk Love is never heavy-handed. The jabs it employs are short, carefully placed and dead-center."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Odd romantic journey for adults and older teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Shots, such as when Sandler and Watson kiss in silhouette, are truly memorable -- but Punch-Drunk Love is never more than this: a series of chocolate-box moments, PT-style."
‑ , Film4
"A trifle at 89 minutes with a genuine, heartfelt performance by Mr. Sandler, and not much else."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"It is quite a vision."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Easily one of the best and most exciting movies of the year."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"While certainly sweet, Love is more compelling as a veiled threat, with Anderson jerking the audience around, wielding abrasive characters and hostile situations in a manner I've come to adore."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Modamag.com
"...Punch-Drunk Love is (and always will be) the crowning achievement within Anderson's filmography."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Watson is simply radiant with her goofy and beautiful smile, while Sandler's psychotic nice-guy schtick makes for some really great moments."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
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