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Frank Castle is a man who has seen too much death in his life, first as a Delta Force Op and later as an FBI special agent. He has managed to beat considerable odds, and is finally moving out of the field and into a normal life with him wife, Maria, and young son, Will. However, on his final assignment, the operation spins out of control and a young man, Bobby Saint, is inadvertently killed. This places the FBI on the wrong side of Tampa businessman Howard Saint, his wife Livia, and their underworld ties. Inflamed by the death of their son, the Saints are on a mission of blood vengeance.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's something to be said for letting a comic book adaptation operate at the level of a comic book, dispensing cheap laughs and ice-cold sadism."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Mismanages its greatest asset: an unusual embarrassment of camp riches."
‑ Benjamin Strong, Village Voice
"Bad big screen adaptation of comic book."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"If you thought "Daredevil" was lousy, then you'll be thoroughly irritated by the asleep-at-the-wheel pacing of the story of the Punisher's origin."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A comic-book-movie-that-pretends-it's-not that falls between stools."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"Ultimately, Frank's victim -to-vigilante transformation is so morally unexplored it's emotionally alienating."
‑ , Time Out
"... a lot of fun."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Standard, styleless revenge fantasy."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Yet another trophy in Marvel's movie gallery..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"We are treated to John Travolta in yet another gloriously unconvincing evil guy role as...a cross between Hugh Hefner and his own Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever."
‑ Eric Melin,
"There isn't a moment in The Punisher that isn't borrowed or stolen from another movie."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Gets us lost early in the first half-hour and never succeeds in completely luring us in."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Despite some admittedly strong moments it's certainly nothing special and barely above ordinary."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"A true study in the pathology of sadism that's also one of the best action films in years."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Listless, lifeless, uninterestingly bleak and quite often ridiculous."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, Combustible Celluloid
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