Punch Drunk Love


More of a romantic drama than romantic comedy, our hero is a businessman with an anger management problem. He is also cursed with seven sisters, who give him a difficult time. One day, he meets a female friend of one of his sisters, and they end up on a date. As he falls in love with her, he has to deal with a phone sex company who decided to blackmail him. So we have a love story inside a pressure cooker, and sooner or later, something's gonna blow...


94 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Violence) .
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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I'd trade all my sisters for you...

Credits

Cast
Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzmán
Director
Paul Thomas Anderson
ScreenplayPaul Thomas Anderson
MusicJon Brion
CinematographyRobert Elswit
Sound formatsDolby EX 6.1, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Made in2002
Produced byGhoulardi Film Company, New Line Cinema, Revolution Studios

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

The Moviesite
Ian Douglas
10
Cape Argus
Aldrin Naidu
10
The Cape Times
Sergio Ben
10
The Star
Tanya Farber
14
Die Burger
Francois Smith
10
Tygerburger
Mariana Malan
10
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
Total Movie
Tat Wolfen
15
eye Weekly
Ingrid Randoja
15
Box Office
Mark Keizer
15
ReelViews
James Berardinelli
15

What the People say

Internet
4119 Netizens
16

Average .. 63%

13

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: Mmm.. was not sure what to make of this when I left the cinema. It's a kinda offbeat romantic drama. Sandler has won lots of praise for his portrayal in this movie, though why people expected him to do slapstick when there is none in the script, I don't know. Watson reprises her role from Angela's Ashes in some ways, falling in love with a man with serious deficiencies. Director Anderson takes David Lean's advice to heart: if you want to shock your audience, first bore them to tears. There are quite a few (violent) shocks in this movie. In the end, I left feeling unfullfilled for some reason... and I'm not sure why. Perhaps film characters who lie to people they want to impress turns me off, since this is silly shortsighted behaviour. I've followed the unwritten Critics Rule: when you don't know what rating to give a movie, give it an Average... YMMV :-)






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