Punch-Drunk Love took audiences by surprise when it came out in 2002. Saturday Night Live alum Adam Sandler ditched his silly voices and the broad-comedy aesthetic that made him a star for director Paul Thomas Anderson's film, winning rave reviews and a new legion of fans. Roger Ebert said the performance showed that Sandler had "unexpected depths as an actor," and the actor went on to explore his dramatic side in films like Spanglish and Funny People, though he's never completely abandoned the silly side that initially shot him to fame.
Source: NBC and New Line Cinema
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