The Punisher
The Punisher (1989)

This is an adaptation of a popular, violent Marvel Comics series about a character who's a frontier-style vigilante in modern-day urban America. Dolph Lundgren stars as Frank Castle, once a crusading police officer whose family was… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 15, 2000
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32%


Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

With origins in a Marvel Comics character, The Punisher is, as might be expected, two-dimensional.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A terrible one-man-army action flick. The 2004 version is far more effective.

Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

É difícil escolher o que é pior: os diálogos risíveis, a direção amadora, as lutas nada convincentes, a péssima atuação (oh!) de Lundgren ou sua "maquiagem de deprimido".

Derek Adams
Time Out

Destructive, reprehensible, and marvellous fun.

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Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Much better than the 2004 version. A surprisingly potent blast of '80s action moviemaking.

Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Marred by cheeseball sets and special effects, lame fight sequences, and some of the worst acting ever to disgrace the screen.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Carefully tended facial stubble trimmed to give him a skull-like appearance, Lundgren is truly impressive as a character defined by emotional emptiness.

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Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com

Often underrated comic-book adaptation that lacks the trademark skull logo but delivers the superhero presence that the Thomas Jane remake sadly lacks.

Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies

The only positive spin I can put on this movie is that if bad comic adaptations like it hadn't been done in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Marvel never would have needed to have its current, high-quality big-screen resurgence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
I think everybody can agree on one thing here, this is a very loose adaptation of the Marvel comic book character. There is no skull logo to be seen,… More
Conner Rainwater
In no way is this really The Punisher, but in a lot of ways it works as a bizarre 80s action movie. Dolph Lundgren plows his way through bad guys and continues… More
Chris Weber
This was the first film adaptation of the Marvel Comics antihero, but, aside from the title, character name, and violence, it bears little resemblance to the… More
Wahida K
Well this Punisher was alittle realistic, dont say that the one with Thomas Jane was bad. It awesome as well, though the plot faded from the comic away. The… More
Alex roy
The first Punisher film starring Dolph Lundgren is a decent film, but one that has too many flaws to really make it a good viewing experience. Nonetheless it is… More
Al S
A hard-boiled and hard-core action-packed thriller. Dolph Lundgren is sensational in the lead role, he captures the emotional torture and violnet aggression of… More

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