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Opened in Theaters: Friday, October 11th, 2002

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

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Punch-Drunk Love
Barry Evan (Adam Sandler) is a small business owner with seven sisters whose abuse has kept him alone and unable to fall in love. When a harmonium and a mysterious woman (Emily Watson) enter his...  View more >

R
strong language including a scene of sexual dialogue

Starring Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Watson...  View more >

Limited Release on 10/11 and 10/18, wider on 10/25
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[--- Stay Away! ---]by PJ Oct 29, 2002

This is without a doubt the worst movie that I have ever seen and I have seen some bad ones. After reading the "professional" reviews I wonder how drunk they were when they saw the movie.

I have never wanted to leave a movie before and evens stayed because it was given such great reviews, I should have left. Imagine an unfunny Adam Sandler, not pretty is it. This movie just dragged on and on. If you must see it, wait to rent it so you don't waste too much money. 

[--- See Now! ---]by George Jobson VIP MemberOct 30, 2002

"Punch-Drunk Love" is one of the best movies of 2002, and that's coming from someone who's not been branded a drunk. I admired film critics for years. That included my heroes Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel. These two are wonderful role models for me.

I tend to disagree with my fellow critics without all the name calling. You don't like the movie, fine. I can live with that, but don't call them drunks. You don't know them personally. But back to the movie.

The is Adam Sandler's best film to date, but don't call this a Adam Sandler movie. Calls this a wonderful film being directed by Paul Thomas Anderson who did very good job of creating a world where anything can happen at any moment. I like "Magnolia," because Anderson is not afraid of breaking the rules in creating compelling characters, in situation that they can't control.

Sandler plays a businessman whose night with a phone sex operator has lead to trouble. Emily Watson plays his love intrest. She played a blind woman four weeks ago in "Red Dragon," and her performance continues to surprise and amazed me.

This film is special with a great music score and strong performances. There is rumor that Sandler will get an Oscar nomination. I seriously doubt it, but my fingers are crossed for Watson. 

[--- Wait for Rental ---]by druidess Nov 5, 2002

I am not sure what to make of this movie. This movie completely baffles me. I can either say it was a great movie or a horrible movie.

On the plus side it kept me paying attention throughout the movie and did not seem to drag on and on, as the other reviewer said. I have seen many movies I would consider good movies that didn't achieve my full attention through it all.

On the negative, I am not sure the plot of this movie at all or its intent. It's really weird. The acting was solid all the way through, but something just seems to be missing. I would advise you to rent this because the line between stupid and good is so close. 

[--- Good ---]by Scott Nov 8, 2002

If you are expecting a typical Adam Sandler movie, this is not one of them. I am a true Adam Sandler fan and I thought he was just as funny in this movie as in all of his others. I do think the movie trailer was a little misleading having you think this is cute movie where Sandler falls in love.

Well, I would put this movie in line with a Pulp Fiction type movie. There is a lot of vulgar language which offended a lot of people that were at my showing. If you are not offended by that type of vulgarity you may enjoy this movie. 

[--- Stay Away! ---]by Marie Nov 13, 2002

This movie was the worst movie I have ever seen. It made no sense at all. It was a waste of money and time in my book! 

[--- Wait for Rental ---]by Lauren Nov 15, 2002

If you are in a relationship with an emotionally disturbed person, you might be able to relate to this movie. Otherwise, you will find it disappointing.

Many people got up and left the theater during our showing. We stayed hoping that it would redeem itself, but it never did. 




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