Judy & Punch

critic Reviews

77% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score77%
  • Judy & Punch revisits classic characters from a fresh perspective, marking debuting writer-director Mirrah Foulkes as a filmmaking talent to watch.
  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    Either painfully on message, or just painful, this dim-witted revisionist take on the Punch and Judy show feels like a film studies thesis that nobody could be bothered to finish.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    Foulkes is bold and playful in her choices, even throwing in a smouldering ditty from Leonard Cohen. Basically, she's a natural when it comes to unpacking a punch.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Cath ClarkeGuardian
    What a killer debut this is; that's the way to do it.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Robbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Judy & Punch is one of the more valiant recent entries in cinema's "worth a shot" file: a promising idea that can't sustain itself for anything approaching feature length.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    Balancing slapstick and the anything-but-funny, the film is not without wobbles. As with any high wire act, those are half the point.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    Any taint of earnestness would have killed this film, as Foulkes is clearly aware. As a result, she's cannily approached it in the spirit with which it was meant. She's successfully matched its urge to amuse and outrage with her own.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Betty Jo TuckerReelTalk Movie Reviews
    Thanks to director/writer Mirrah Foulkes for this entertaining gift of dark humor combined with female revenge. It's both funny and scary !
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    Rosalynn Try-HaneBattle Royale With Cheese
    For all its flaws, Judy and Punch is a timely examination of social norms that have long stood commonplace, men being believed over women no matter how flawed the man, low level violence and mob hysteria.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    Wasikowska's committed portrayal helps, although the cartoonish villainy and uneven screenplay only magnify the heavy-handed feminist subtext and half-realized satirical ambitions.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    David N. ButterworthLa Movie Boeuf
    A canny debut from Ms. Foulkes, with surprisingly few missteps.
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