Payback Reviews

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AV Club
April 27, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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New York Times
April 27, 2012
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
April 25, 2012
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 16, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 16, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
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Hollywood Reporter
January 26, 2012
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
October 18, 2008
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Demonstrates why Mel Gibson is a movie star: He can take mediocre material and through sheer willpower -- not to mention oodles of charm -- make it work.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A higher class of thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
It quickly slides into a Lethal Weapon without Danny Glover, complete with blowups and wisecracks, gratuitous torture scenes and Gibson in familiar form as the twinkling rascal who makes a virtue out of viciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
In the popcorn sense, it certainly delivers on mindless escapism. In the artistic sense, let's just say that Payback is a long way from Point Blank.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
It's undone not so much by the shadow of Lee Marvin falling heavily on it (which it does) as by the twin obstacles of big star image and, more to the point, excessive violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A sharp and funny script, understated acting, stylish.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
There is much cleverness and ingenuity in Payback.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Sadism is the film's only real subject, and its only real life as well.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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January 1, 2000
This film is riddled with cliches and impossible situations.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It is well written, contains a flock of colorful characters, and gives star Mel Gibson a number of great one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
So generic that it sometimes approaches the self-parody of a Naked Gun movie!
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Morally bankrupt, but it's rich entertainment!
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Sadly, though, Payback finally puts Gibson at the mercy of a torture and sadism sequence so attenuated and so painful to watch that it sabotages the picture's own quite solid instincts for theater, innovation and wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Julie Hinds
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Rehashed Quentin Tarantino or a rusted-out Pinto.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
A mind-mangling disappointment, with a dopey sell-out ending.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Direction is choppy, the interplay between the characters is perfunctory, although not as perfunctory as the unearned ending.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Its smirking sense of humor and generic self-consciousness suggest that Payback would like to think of itself as a hip descendant of Pulp Fiction. But the movie is utterly devoid of narrative ingenuity and visual and dramatic flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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January 1, 2000
One big, ugly chase scene!
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Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
January 1, 2000
It's a good, strong shot for fans who like their crime stories rough and no-nonsense.