The Punisher
The Punisher (2004)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: April 16, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A good cast fails to elevate this overly violent and by-the-numbers revenge flick.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Benjamin Strong
Village Voice

Mismanages its greatest asset: an unusual embarrassment of camp riches.

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Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

good fun to watch the bad guys drop like flies

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Time Out

Ultimately, Frank's victim -to-vigilante transformation is so morally unexplored it's emotionally alienating.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... a lot of fun.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Bad big screen adaptation of comic book.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

There isn't a moment in The Punisher that isn't borrowed or stolen from another movie.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Gets us lost early in the first half-hour and never succeeds in completely luring us in.

Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Standard, styleless revenge fantasy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
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Reid Volk
My goodness this was a pretty bad movie. I'm not entirely sure what they were going for, but it seems that the filmmakers weren't particularly… More
Chris Weber
This marks the second adaptation of the Punisher to the big screen, and it is a marked improvement over the 1989 effort. This one is a little more faithful to… More
Alex roy
The Punisher is an average action film with a decent plot, but is never anything great due to some of the performances. John Travolta is a good choice to play… More
Phil Hubbs
First reboot for the franchise since the underrated Lundgren flick. Admittedly Lundgren had the physique for the role but wasn't a naturally dark haired… More
Gregory Dark
This is one of those films that was dismissed before it was even given a chance. I understand the sentiment; comic book style films are usually not worth the… More