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Former criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to catch the man he has always been after. As they face off, they start to uncover a deeper conspiracy they both need to solve in order to survive.

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Release date: Mar 27, 2013
 
Official website: http://www.ifcfilms.com/uncategorized/welcome-to-the-punch
 
Runtime: 99 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 75
    The A.V. Club - by Mike D'Angelo
    Writer-director Eran Creevy demonstrates little facility for kineticism — one of the movie’s best scenes gets flat-out ruined when he abruptly shifts to hackneyed slo-mo — and his cynical plot gets so convoluted that one of the bad guys has to break it down for the audience in a climactic monologue-at-gunpoint. ...read more

  • 60
    The New York Times - by Manohla Dargis
    There are good movies and plenty more bad ones and many, many more that fall somewhere in between. And then there are enjoyable absurdities like Welcome to the Punch, which contain evaluative multitudes and which, scene by scene, register as not bad, pretty good and flat-out ridiculous. ...

  • 60
    Variety - by Guy Lodge
    A proficient but personality-free policer that demands little of either its audience or its enviable best-of-British cast, this simplistic urban morality tale miscasts the appealing James McAvoy as one good cop whose dogged pursuit of Mark Strong’s alpha criminal only uncovers the rot within police ranks. ...read more

  • 60
    Total Film - by Emma Dibdin
    There’s an emotional vacuum at its centre but Welcome To The Punch is an adrenalin shot to the heart of the Brit-crime genre. ...read more

  • 50
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    The diminutive McAvoy, trying his hand at all manner of action, may be hoping to become the Scottish Tom Cruise. But Welcome to the Punch shows he’s still more of a Scottish Michael J. Fox, an actor better served by roles with more charm and less grimacing than this one. ...read more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Frank Scheck
    Despite its fast pacing and well-staged action set-pieces, the film fails to make much of an impression. ...read more

  • 50
    New York Observer - by Rex Reed
    Empty, pointless and stupid, the barrage of gunfire called Welcome to the Punch is another unappealing entry in the overworked British gangster genre. ...read more

  • 40
    Village Voice - by Steve Erickson
    When bullets aren't flying, the movie offers yesterday's goods in shiny new packaging. ...read more

  • 40
    Time Out New York - by Sam Adams
    Favoring style over substance isn’t a mortal sin, but Creevy isn’t as enthrallingly slick as compatriot Guy Ritchie, nor does he have anything like the "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" auteur’s feel for Britain’s criminal class. ...read more

  • 40
    The Guardian - by Peter Bradshaw
    It runs out of steam, with plot revelations visible from a mile away and a bit of a plausibility gap. ...read more

  • 38
    Slant Magazine - by Chris Cabin
    The sheer wastefulness of Eran Creevy's Welcome to the Punch is off-putting enough, but the film is also falsely painted-up as a crime epic. ...read more

  • 20
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    Unfortunately, the rest of writer-director Eran Creevy’s film just shows that the Brits, too, make good-looking but empty thrillers, just like in Hollywood. ...read more

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