Judy & Punch

2019

Judy & Punch

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Judy & Punch revisits classic characters from a fresh perspective, marking debuting writer-director Mirrah Foulkes as a filmmaking talent to watch.

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In the anarchic town of Seaside, nowhere near the sea, puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show. The show is a hit due to Judy's superior puppeteering, but Punch's driving ambition and penchant for whisky lead to an inevitable tragedy that Judy must avenge. In a visceral and dynamic live-action reinterpretation of the famous 16th century puppet show, writer director MIRRAH FOULKES turns the traditional story of Punch and Judy on its head and brings to life a fierce, darkly comic and epic female-driven revenge story, starring MIA WASIKOWSKA and DAMON HERRIMAN.

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Critic Reviews for Judy & Punch

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (11)

  • 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.

    Nov 25, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • 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.

    Nov 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • What a killer debut this is; that's the way to do it.

    Nov 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
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  • 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.

    Nov 21, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Balancing slapstick and the anything-but-funny, the film is not without wobbles. As with any high wire act, those are half the point.

    Nov 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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