Punisher: War Zone
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Marvel Comics' vigilante character The Punisher gets another big-screen outing in this third film incarnation of the character, this time from Green Street Hooligans director Lexi Alexander. Fueled by revenge and aided by his trusted weapons expert, Microchip (Wayne Knight), vigilante Frank Castle (Rome's Ray Stevenson) turns the New York City streets red with blood as he takes down each and every member of the crime syndicate responsible for the death of his wife and two kids. As the law-appointed "Punisher Task Force" closes in on him, the antihero does battle with Billy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"'Oh God, now I've got brains spattered all over me,' exclaims The Punisher's slippery inside man, Detective Soap. You may feel the same at the end of this messy, sadistic reboot of the Marvel comic-book series."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"At one point, the Punisher is asked who punishes him. The better question for those who made this inane bloodfest is: Why punish us?"
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"A blithely depraved shoot-'em-up in which its glum protagonist cuts a retributive swath across a vast criminal underworld, Punisher: War Zone echoes back to the unthinking low-budget action movies of the 1980s."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"One can assume another reboot will be in the offing after this monstrosity tanks at the box office."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"Unlike more high-powered Marvel heroes like Spider-Man and X-Men, The Punisher has never enjoyed much box office success and this excruciatingly terrible film certainly won't change that."
‑ Stephen Jewell, SFX Magazine
"This was a terrible movie."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"The ultraviolent third stab at Marvel's homicidal vigilante is the best and closest to the source material."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"The final damning verdict left by the American box office, whom far from raced out to see it, meaning takings of 8m leave Punisher: War Zone the lowest grossing Marvel adaptation to date."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"Part '80s action movie, part gross-out horror, this guilty pleasure is Saw meets Rambo . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Earning an 18 certificate with its violence, the film is kids' stuff in all other respects: over-the-top shootouts, monstrous and barking-mad villains, a bumbling sidekick and so on. Highly enjoyable tosh."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"Hopefully it's three strikes and you're out for The Punisher, as this latest attempt at creating another comic book franchise will prove once and for all that maybe this character just doesn't deserve the big screen treatment."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Assuming you can appreciate the high level of gore and assorted sadistic weirdness, the action is satisfying and the dark story is close to the tone of its Marvel Comics source material."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"...stands as the best offering out of Hollywood that Punisher fans could've hoped for."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"God I love my revenge films..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The IQ is as low as the body count is high and the uncharismatic Ray Stevenson might as well have been wearing a mask for all the emotion he shows."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
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