"Welcome to the Punch" is derivative, dumb fun.
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 2013-03-29
It becomes something of a disquisition on mortality in spite of itself.
Mike D'Angelo, AV Club, 2013-03-28
Part of the pleasure of watching a movie like "Welcome to the Punch" is peeling away the multiple layers of inspiration, isolating the allusions and figuring out if they're what works or whether the movie earns a little credit.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 2013-03-26
One straight-faced gunfight after another, signifying nothing.
Sara Stewart, New York Post, 2013-03-29
Despite its visual polish and fine ensemble, this British police drama is strictly by-the-numbers.
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, 2013-03-28
Empty, pointless and stupid, the barrage of gunfire called Welcome to the Punch is another unappealing entry in the overworked British gangster genre.
Rex Reed, New York Observer, 2013-03-27
Mistakes messiness for complexity, while ignoring characterization and real-world politics.
Steve Erickson, Village Voice, 2013-03-26
So redolent of adolescent fantasy, you can practically hear a 12-year-old shouting "Blam!"
Sam Adams, Time Out, 2013-03-26
A proficient but personality-free policer that demands little of either its audience or its enviable best-of-British cast.
Guy Lodge, Variety, 2013-03-15
When it's over, all you'll remember is a whole lot of gunfire and shouting.
Tom Huddleston, Time Out, 2013-03-12