Puncture Reviews

  • This true-life film is a likable oddity: a rambling, low-budget Erin Brockovich with a cokehead hero.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • [It] possesses all the right ingredients: an idealistic young lawyer, a corrupt corporate villain and a sympathetic victim. It just fails to assemble them into a compelling whole.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • Evans works so hard to look like a drug addict that it undermines the character's effort not to look like one.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • "Puncture'' is based on an actual court case. But is this a story best served by focusing on the legal battle or the arc of Mike's flawed hero?

    Ethan Gilsdorf — Boston Globe

  • Puncture is proudly "Based on a True Story." As is so often the case, this means an indifference to "true" human relationships in favor of crusading self-righteousness.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • Evans is an electrifying presence, working overtime to save the day.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Electrifying in the role, Evans reminds me of other great out-of-control druggies played by Al Pacino and Nicolas Cage.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Does a commendable job of merging its David vs. Goliath elements with Weiss' personal problems, doing justice to the fact that "Puncture" is based on true people and an actual case.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • It's a thoughtful entry in the growing subgenre of whistle-blower dramas.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • Like any good cautionary tale, Puncture tells a suspenseful story responsibly, creating food for thought and leaving the audience both enlightened and entertained.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Working from a fact-based script, tyro helmers Adam and Mark Kassen fashion an impassioned expose on the health-care industry full of strange-but-true incongruities in Puncture.

    Ronnie Scheib — Variety

  • "Puncture" presents a compelling story, but it's also difficult to sympathize with Evans' doomed main character, no matter how vividly he's acted.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • The film is chock-a-block with extraordinary performances and no one will fault the filmmaking either. This is a well-made movie, make no mistake. It just suffers from a dysfunctional hero.

    Kirk Honeycutt — Hollywood Reporter

  • The picture benefits from its performances, notably Evans' roguish appeal as a guy simultaneously driven and destructive.

    Robert Abele — Los Angeles Times

  • Based on the true story of Michael D. Weiss, which is convenient, since Weiss was considerate enough to live his life in a way that he surrounded himself with every possible cliche and hackneyed, obvious development imaginable.

    Will Leitch — Deadspin

  • With summer movies safely tucked away, it's the time of year where Oscar films pop up, and this week's Puncture may be a contender.

    Billy Tatum — We Got This Covered

  • ...a sporadically watchable yet wholly uninvolving endeavor that probably does a disservice to the movie's real-life inspiration.

    David Nusair — Reel Film Reviews

  • Although Evans is spectacular, the elements of this lopsided conspiracy thriller never quite jell.

    Richard Knight — Knight at the Movies

  • (Evans) turns in a performance that gives no quarter. It is raw, it is dangerous, and it is unforgettable

    Andrea Chase — Killer Movie Reviews

  • Evans is good here, revealing an intensity of thought he's rarely displayed before, but it just isn't enough to pull Puncture out of neutral.

    Brian Orndorf — BrianOrndorf.com

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