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7.6
/10
11,154 Ratings

Punch-Drunk Love

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
United States, 2002
Comedy, Romance, Drama

Synopsis

A socially impaired small-business owner leading a mundane life, that includes constant berating by his seven sisters, finds romance and solace with a mysterious woman. But the romance is threatened when he falls victim to an extortionist.

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Punch-Drunk Love Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2002 | Winner: Best Director

Village Voice Film Poll

2002 | 2nd place: Best Director

2002 | Nominee: Best Film

My favorite part of the movie is when Barry goes to Hawaii. He suddenly realizes he can just go to her, even without the frequent-flier miles. This is also my favorite thing in life: the sudden understanding that you aren’t condemned to sadness, that you can simply walk toward the thing you want.
November 16, 2016
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The camerawork trades the elegant Steadicam long takes that made Anderson famous for jittery, whip-pan motions and compositions that isolate Barry in the frame even when he is surrounded, making other people the bars in the prison he has erected in his mind. Anderson makes objective, distanced shots pulse with nervousness.
November 15, 2016
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To a jaded soul, something like Mon Oncle is not what most moviegoers of 2002 would consider “real entertainment.” But in its time and place, it was, and at repertory theaters still is; find any of Tati’s features playing at a cinematheque, and they’ll play to their audience. So would Punch-Drunk Love. Its pleasures are its own, and Anderson remains one of the few filmmakers of his generation for whom no new direction should be a surprise. His instincts have yet to land him in anyplace boring.
November 14, 2016
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