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Punch-Drunk Love

HD   R Closed Captioning

Paul Thomas Anderson

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About the Movie

Winner of the Best Director Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, "this misfit love story of disconnected people trying to find one another in an antagonistic world is a comedy of discomfort and rage that turns unexpectedly sweet and pure." Adam Sandler gives an amazing and unusual performance as Barry Egan, a socially impaired owner of a small novelty business, who is dominated by seven sisters and is unlikely to find love unless it finds him. When a mysterious woman comes into his life, his emotions go haywire, fluctuating between uncontrollable rage, lust and self-doubt. "Punch-Drunk Love leaves you addled, a little dizzy and overcome by a pleasing, unplaceable sensation." "A romantic comedy as wonderful as it is strange that expands the genre to its absurdist outer limits and makes us believe." From the writer/director of Boogie Nights and Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love is a dark, lovely and unique film experience.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 189
  • Fresh: 150
  • Rotten: 39
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Despite its title, Punch-Drunk Love is never heavy-handed. The jabs it employs are short, carefully placed and dead-center. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It's a romantic comedy on the verge of a nervous breakdown. – David Ansen, Newsweek, May 28, 2008

Rotten: How odd that a tribute to a wildly theatrical presence should turn out so dull and prosaic. – Rex Reed, New York Observer, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It is already apparent that Punch-Drunk Love will not be everyone's cup of tea, but nonetheless Mr. Anderson has found a way to fashion a passionate romance out of the materials of postmodern chaos. – Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Anyone who uses "He Needs Me" from Popeye is the BOMB!

This is one of my favorite movies. When I first saw the trailer I was like, "Wow! Where have I heard that 'He Needs Me' song!" Then I had a flashback to one of my childhood heroes. POPEYE! Not only my hero, but an awful musical movie with Robin Williams. BUT, it did bring back memories. And any guy who's gonna use that song in his movie, I gonna watch. And I did, and it was really really good! PTA also used the "The Touch" from the Transformers: The Movie for Boogie Nights. Crazy director! But great! Anyway, PDL, one of my favorites.

Meh... have to like the genre a little strange but it has an Outstanding acting Adam Sandler its hard to see him so dramatic id' rent it but if you like this kind of stuff by all means buy it (if only they would take of rent)!

incredible film

It's a sci-fi version of Popeye the Sailor Man. It's absolutely brilliant. Watch it.

Punch-Drunk Love
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2002

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