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75
Assuming you can appreciate the high level of gore and assorted sadistic weirdness, the action is satisfying.
75
Rarely have moviegoers seen such a two-fisted wrecking ball of vengeance such as the one realized here by Ray Stevenson.
58
Dominic West (The Wire) plays a facially mutilated Mob boss as if he's in a broad SNL sketch.
50
It looks great, it hurtles through its paces and is well-acted. The soundtrack is like elevator music if the elevator were in a death plunge. The special effects are state of the art. Its only flaw is that it's disgusting.
50
The film works a bit better than the 2004 "Punisher" installment, the one starring surly, dislikable Thomas Jane as Frank Castle.
50
This is essentially a Steven Seagal movie without the Ponytailed One, and may appeal to those who enjoyed Seagal's rather bland, cookie-cutter action films.
40
No worse than the second. Still, it pales in comparison to the first, which starred Dolph Lundgren. And that, right there, should tell you everything you need to know.
38
The dialogue is beyond clichéd, and performances feel cobbled together from other movies.
38
The acting is better than the script deserves and Lexi Alexander's cut-to-the-hearse direction lends the film considerable kick.
38
If most December movie releases are epic-length and Oscar-ambitious, then Punisher: War Zone has to be considered Hobbesian counterprogramming: It's nasty, brutish, and short.
30
The Hollywood Reporter
So unrelentingly violent that all but teen boys might as well stay home.

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