Punch-Drunk Love

Punch-Drunk Love

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Idiosyncratic romantic comedy from Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood), following Adam Sandler as Barry Egan, a psychologically-troubled novelty supplier. Nudged into a romance with Lena (Emily Watson), while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman (Luis Guzmán), Barry battles his dysfunction to get the girl, alongside a masterplan based on purchasing stunning amounts of pudding. Nominated for the Palme d'Or and winner of Best Director at Cannes 2002.

2002Rating: M, Medium level coarse language, Medium level violence, Sexual references95 minsUSA
ComedyDramaRomance

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Punch-Drunk Love | Awards

Award Winner
Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 2002.

Punch-Drunk Love | Reviews

79%197 reviews

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The film is exhilarating to watch because Sandler, liberated from the constraints of formula, reveals unexpected depths as an actor.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

It's a honey of a performance (from Sandler): controlled, achingly human, and funny in the deepest ways.

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Seattle Times

Seattle Times

A weirdly sweet little love story...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

What Mr. Anderson wants to do is recapture, without nostalgia, the giddiness and sweep of old movies, and his mastery of the emotional machinery of the medium is breathtaking.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

A weird, arresting little ride.

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USA Today

USA Today

Punch-Drunk Love is never heavy-handed.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

It's a very idiosyncratic take on the genre, but it works...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Anderson has a firm grip on Sandler's dangerous essence and draws it out in an astonishing performance.

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Time Out

Time Out

Without doubt the oddest romcom of all time... But somehow it works...

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