Punch-Drunk Love
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 11, 2002
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Odd, touching, and unique, Punch-Drunk Love is also delightfully funny, utilizing Adam Sandler's comic persona to explore the life of a lonely guy who finds love.

David Ansen

It's a romantic comedy on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

The journey toward redemption feels more like a cinematic experiment than a full-blown movie.

Cole Smithey

Paul Thomas Anderson has done the impossible; he has written a romantic leading role for Adam Sandler that functions well on a dramatic level.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The film looks good and has its funny moments, but too often one senses Anderson straining to impress...

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Mike Clark
USA Today

Despite its title, Punch-Drunk Love is never heavy-handed. The jabs it employs are short, carefully placed and dead-center.

Christopher Machell

Perhaps overshadowed by Anderson's other more ostensibly serious work, Punch-Drunk Love nevertheless represents both a highlight for the director and for its star.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It is quite a vision.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Easily one of the best and most exciting movies of the year.

Sean Axmaker

... weird in all the best ways, a film of unexpected bounces and unusual shadings.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Adam Sandler shows, much to our utmost surprise, that he can act when he wants and that he was the perfect choice for Anderson's take on a romantic comedy,… More
Kevin Cookman
It takes place in The Big Lebowski universe of logic. And I adore it.
Chris Weber
Sublime and surreal, this is quite a film from Paul Thomas Anderson. It is a smaller film from him, but one that is still as impressive as his others. The plot… More
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'Punch-Drunk Love'. This film vibrates at a very unique, weird frequency, and could easily be mistaken for a Charlie Kaufman job; everything from the… More
Daniel Perry
A visually interesting and unconventional love story about a very awkward character coming into his own. I've tried, but I just don't think P.T.… More
Lucas Martins
A dark, unique, surreal and uncommon film with Adam Sandler, using a subtle comic personality and deadpan acting, explorer a simple and lonely life.