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  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Despite its fast pacing and well-staged action set-pieces, the film fails to make much of an impression. show more

  • 50
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Empty, pointless and stupid, the barrage of gunfire called Welcome to the Punch is another unappealing entry in the overworked British gangster genre. show more

  • 50
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    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. show more

  • 38
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    There are a lot of casualties in this stylish, unoriginal thriller, but James McAvoy’s knee was the only one that moved me. show more

  • 38
    Slant Magazine

    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. show more

  • 80
    Dan Jolin Empire

    A confident, ambitious and action-rich Brit thriller, albeit one whose characters and clarity suffer from the frantic intensity of its pacing. show more

  • 60
    Emma Dibdin Total Film

    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. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    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. show more

  • 40
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    It runs out of steam, with plot revelations visible from a mile away and a bit of a plausibility gap. show more

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