Judy and Punch

Judy and Punch

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Judy and Punch

Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) is one half of a puppeteering duo going through tough times in Australian actor Mirrah Foulkes's feature directorial debut. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

"In the rough-and-tumble town of Seaside (nowhere near the sea), villagers flock to Punch and Judy’s marionette theatre. Though Punch (Damon Herriman) proclaims himself the greatest puppeteer and his beating stick rouses cheers from the crowd, it’s Judy (Wasikowska) who breathes artistry into the otherwise crude show. But during a drinking bout and a tragic mishap with their child, the hot-tempered Punch brutally beats Judy, leaving her for dead in the woods. Taken in by Doctor Goodtime and a society of outcasts, Judy plots her revenge." (Sundance Film Festival)

2019Rating: R16, Violence, domestic violence, cruelty & content that may disturb105 minsAustralia
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Kept my brain entertained

Mirrah Foulkes first film tackles sexism through the fable behind the violent marriage of Punch (Damon Herriman), and Judy (Mia Wasikowska). The mix of magic and realism doesn’t always work, and the script can be a bit heavy-handed, but the top-tier acting, cinematography and creativity throughout kept my brain entertained.

2.0
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Two thirds good

Set somewhere and sometime in the past, Judy & Punch is a fictitious origin story for Punch & Judy shows and a revenge story for Judy. Punch is a marionette showman with a drinking problem, dreaming of taking the show to the big smoke, his wife Judy is trying to hold things together. The small town they live in has a witch problem. Of course, killing...

2.0
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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

As inspiration for decor and costumes, Foulkes and her crew looked at Dutch paintings of the period, but don't expect any Vermeer-like passages of luminosity or serenity to seep into the picture. The look is grimy, the tone is wacky and the pace is hectic.

4.0
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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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A risky project for Foulkes to make as her first feature, Judy & Punch ventures a little too far into troubled waters with its comedic handling of heavy matter, but shows promise in the woman holding the strings.

3.0
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FilmInk

FilmInk

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There are memorable moments and promising directorial touches but, in another way, there is so much crammed in that it becomes a bit of a dog's breakfast.

0
Variety

Variety

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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.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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This live action reinterpretation of the traditional puppet show is a grand guignol romp through a society gripped by a fever of superstitions.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

As inspiration for decor and costumes, Foulkes and her crew looked at Dutch paintings of the period, but don't expect any Vermeer-like passages of luminosity or serenity to seep into the picture. The look is grimy, the tone is wacky and the pace is hectic.

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A risky project for Foulkes to make as her first feature, Judy & Punch ventures a little too far into troubled waters with its comedic handling of heavy matter, but shows promise in the woman holding the strings.

3.0
0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

There are memorable moments and promising directorial touches but, in another way, there is so much crammed in that it becomes a bit of a dog's breakfast.

0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

This live action reinterpretation of the traditional puppet show is a grand guignol romp through a society gripped by a fever of superstitions.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0

Kept my brain entertained

Mirrah Foulkes first film tackles sexism through the fable behind the violent marriage of Punch (Damon Herriman), and Judy (Mia Wasikowska). The mix of magic and realism doesn’t always work, and the script can be a bit heavy-handed, but the top-tier acting, cinematography and creativity throughout kept my brain entertained.

2.0
0

Two thirds good

Set somewhere and sometime in the past, Judy & Punch is a fictitious origin story for Punch & Judy shows and a revenge story for Judy. Punch is a marionette showman with a drinking problem, dreaming of taking the show to the big smoke, his wife Judy is trying to hold things together. The small town they live in has a witch problem. Of course, killing...

2.0
0