Marvel's The Punisher First Reviews: How Fresh Is This New Antihero?

Daredevil spin-off holds its own among Netflix’s Marvel adaptations. (Photo by Jessica Miglio/Netflix) The review embargo on Marvel’s The Punisher lifted on Monday. Early word: This latest Netflix comic book–based offering is Fresh at 75% on the Tomatometer with 24 reviews (updated). Marvel’s The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal ( The Walking Dead ) reprising his role as heavily armed vigilante Frank Castle from the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil . The series also stars Ebon Moss-Bachrach as David Lieberman/Micro, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Deborah Ann Woll as Daredevil character Karen Page, and Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani. Here’s what some of the critics had to say: The Good? (Photo by Nicole Rivelli /Netflix) Bernthal’s performance shines. “Bernthal brings the kind of anger and rage you would expect, but there is an elegant subtleness to his delivery that hints at a man who can also be vulnerable.” – David Griffin, IGN Movies “It’s difficult to imagine better casting than Bernthal, who communicates so fluently with impassive silences, and is convincing both when he is being terribly violent and especially gentle.” – Sonia Saraiya, Variety “The direction is consistently excellent, the fight sequences are brutal and gripping, and Bernthal […]

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