Puncture (2011)

Mike Weiss (Chris Evans) is a talented young Houston lawyer and a functioning drug addict. Paul Danziger (co-director Mark Kassen), his longtime friend and partner, is the traight-laced and responsible yin to Mike's yang. Their… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 23, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: There's a compelling story at the heart of Puncture but viewers will have to pierce through the formulaic storytelling to find it.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

"Puncture" has the unusual problem of being almost too intriguing; its based-on-true-events story seems to cry out for documentary treatment.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

It's a thoughtful entry in the growing subgenre of whistle-blower dramas.

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Will Leitch

Based on the true story of Michael D. Weiss, which is convenient, since Weiss was considerate enough to live his life in a way that he surrounded himself with every possible cliche and hackneyed, obvious development imaginable.

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Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe

"Puncture'' is based on an actual court case. But is this a story best served by focusing on the legal battle or the arc of Mike's flawed hero?

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Does a commendable job of merging its David vs. Goliath elements with Weiss' personal problems, doing justice to the fact that "Puncture" is based on true people and an actual case.

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Billy Tatum
We Got This Covered

With summer movies safely tucked away, it's the time of year where Oscar films pop up, and this week's Puncture may be a contender.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Evans works so hard to look like a drug addict that it undermines the character's effort not to look like one.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Electrifying in the role, Evans reminds me of other great out-of-control druggies played by Al Pacino and Nicolas Cage.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a sporadically watchable yet wholly uninvolving endeavor that probably does a disservice to the movie's real-life inspiration.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Set in Houston, Texas in 1998, and based on actual events, this indie drama focuses on Mike Weiss- a talented young lawyer and functioning drug addict. Along… More
Cast: Chris Evans, Mark Kassen, Vinessa Shaw, Michael Biehn, Brett Cullen, Marshall Bell, Jesse L. Martin, Roxanna Hope, Tess Parker, Kate Burton Director:… More
familiar stranger
I was inclined to watch it for it being based on real life case. Apparently, it's not always a pleasant experience (& at times I've ended up… More
KJ Proulx
One of the more uninteresting films of 2011. "Puncture" delivers with good performances and likeable characters, but most of the time the story is… More
Tired of Previews
Question: Are you afraid of needles? I am, never in my life have I ever been able to handle needles. When I was a child, my fear was so intense that when I… More
Cynthia S.
This is a really good undiscovered independent film! Chris Evans does an amazing job in this dramatic role. This film is based on an actual story about the… More