Punisher: War Zone
Punisher: War Zone (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 5, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 17, 2009
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Punisher: War Zone recalls the excessively violent, dialogue-challenged actioners of the 1980s, and coincidentally feels two decades out of date.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

'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.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

At one point, the Punisher is asked who punishes him. The better question for those who made this inane bloodfest is: Why punish us?

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

This was a terrible movie.

Mark Rahner
Seattle Times

The ultraviolent third stab at Marvel's homicidal vigilante is the best and closest to the source material.

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Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

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.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

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.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...stands as the best offering out of Hollywood that Punisher fans could've hoped for.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
A mere four years after the 2004 Punisher film, we get the release of this little film, which, like the 2004 entry, is another reboot. Well, I say reboot, but… More
Ken Stachnik
Very silly, and fairly entertaining. The church scene makes my camera bits all tingly.
Phil Hubbs
Second reboot for this troublesome franchise and this time they finally get the casting right. Ray Stevenson is brought in as the main man and in my opinion he… More
Jens S.
Marvel's most violent vigilante, The Punisher, gets another reboot with this film, even though the version with Thomas Jane was far from bad. Neither is… More
Alex roy
As far as the Punisher films are concerned, this film has got to be the most accomplished, action packed and over the top film of three films. This is a pure… More
Emily Armstrong
Ugh, who the hell recommended this movie to me? Come on, fess up! I hated it so much, which is odd, since I really like Dominic West and Ray Stevenson. By all… More