Judy & Punch


Judy & Punch

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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.


Critic Reviews for Judy & Punch

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (3)

  • A tonally complex comedy-drama about spousal abuse, infant mortality and misogyny told with magic tricks, puppets and slapstick.

    Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The overall concept, from Foulkes and her trio of story collaborators, has a bracingly original air, from the film's period anachronisms to its impressive design elements.

    Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

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  • [Mia] Wasikowska is electrifying as she leads the charge against oppression in an impressively mounted debut with real fire in its belly that marks Foulkes out as one to watch.

    Oct 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Most striking is writer-director Foulkes' clarity of vision and mastery of tonal balance; impressively, this is her first feature film.

    Oct 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It is a movie that can be seen with a certain pleasure, but that loses its initial satirical spirit. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Oct 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Judy and Punch is a mixture of the dark revisionism of The Favourite with some Monty Python-esque flair. This is probably my favourite Australian film of the year so far, and is a showcase of the universal, yet unique, stories this country has to offer.

    Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

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