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Max Payne (2008)

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 131
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 110

While it boasts some stylish action, Max Payne suffers severely from an illogical plot and overdirection.

7

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 28

While it boasts some stylish action, Max Payne suffers severely from an illogical plot and overdirection.

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
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Rockstar Games' double-gunned action franchise comes to the big screen thanks to director John Moore (The Omen) and Mark Wahlberg, who embodies the title character of Max Payne, a widowed cop hell-bent on delivering justice no matter what the cost as he investigates a string of killings in his city. Mila Kunis and Chris O'Donnell head up the supporting cast, with Beau Thorne adapting the screenplay for the 20th Century Fox production. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

PG-13,

Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Beau Thorne

Jan 20, 2009

$40.6M

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All Critics (134) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (110) | DVD (17)

John Moore directs the hell out of the action, while Jonathan Sela's glistening photography captures the snow and rain that fall on these bloody New York streets. But you'd have to be on crack not to guess the 'surprise' finale.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (2)
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Max Payne is a junkyard dog of a film that is true to its video-game roots even as it transcends them.

October 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Comments (8)
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The filmmakers aim their cynicism more at us than at any government or drug company.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
Boston Globe
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Sexy girls and lots of automatic weapons are involved in an occasionally coherent plot.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
Washington Post
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You can't help but wonder where the fine actor in The Departed and even Invincible has gone. It's not been a good year for Wahlberg: First The Happening, and now this.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Maybe somebody decided the movie was already so convoluted and leaden that throwing in a few swooping, screeching valkyries could only help. They do not.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Payneful

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

Never comes close to captivating its audience like the game did before it.

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

The willfully absurd action sequences help the movie slog along, but slog it does, right through to the obligatory after-credits scene to establish the possibility of a franchise.

April 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Based on a Finnish shoot-em up video game, Max Payne is all style and little story, cheerless detective Max (Mark Wahlberg) drifting through a washed out and snowy New York in search of his wife's killer.

March 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Screenwize | Comments (2)
Screenwize

It held my attention, which is more than I can say for some of the so-called "art films" that come out at the end of every year.

January 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A detective story, a pharmaceutical miracle drug and winged creatures from some demonic dimension sprouting like weeds in the spring. Too much and too artificial.

January 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Imagine The Constant Gardener after a frontal lobotomy, and that's basically Max Payne in a nutshell.

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Comments (3)
Creative Loafing

[A]ll [the] wide-open possibilities about where this story can go get so narrowed down into something banal and bleak and ordinary that you can hardly breathe with it...

November 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

This tired, neutered action thriller won't cause you max pain, but you might wince every now and again.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Among the best films adapted from videogames. Say no more.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (2)

Mark Wahlberg's titular hero hasn't cracked a smile in seven years. The surprise is that he makes the lonely cop seem half human with half a dozen words and a staggering amount of violence.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

The film combines ferocious self-importance with lashings of really nasty, unreflective violence.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

I didn't hate Max Payne, but it's hard to summon up strong feelings of any kind about something so slick, remote and vacuum-packed you barely feel you've seen it.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

A massive waste of time and a glaring missed opportunity.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies UK | Comments (2)
IGN Movies UK

Max Payne? Maximum Payne in the butt more like.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

The occasional muzzle-flare of stylish violence, but that's it. Dull, depressing and dragging its knuckles at 100 minutes, Max Payne misfires and Wahlberg's leading-man jinx continues.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film | Comments (2)
Total Film

Director John Moore is clearly more interested in hot babes, body tattoos and slo-mo shootings than he is in story or characterisation. Max Payne offers Min Pleasure.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Comment (1)
Daily Mail [UK]

No high-octane, fast-paced shoot 'em up this, Max Payne may well be the most tedious trip to a cinema you make all year. Truly, the minutes pass like hours. It's akin to one of those straight-to-DVD titles you only ever find in petrol stations.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

It would be far too easy to say that max pain sums up Mark Wahlberg's latest lead role.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Audience Reviews for Max Payne

A Payne-fully dull and predictable hard-boiled thriller occasionally interrupted by half-way decent John Woo-style action sequences.
August 1, 2013
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

Sort of hit or miss throughout for me. Parts were interesting, revenge is always a good story base, I know nothing about the game it's been adapted from, but feel it would have been more enjoyable to model it on the graphic novel adaptions. Some important clues were easily guessible and parts were action packed, others a little static.
February 24, 2012
76Majikat

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Having never played to game on which it's based I have nothing to go on as far as adaptation goes but I'm not sure if that matters so much does it!? Anyway, I liked the noir style of this film - the darkly lit alleyways, the no-mans land of New York's side streets and the lingering snow, continually floating throughout the film were all nice touches. I even thought the CGI demons/dark angels were done well. Also, the acting was fine - Mark Wahlberg isn't the worlds greatest actor but he's likable and that's what gets him through. I thought Chris "Ludacris" Bridges was quite good though and deserved a bigger role. The only real problem and unfortunately the most important thing to get right in a film, was the story. It was uninteresting and predictable. I can't see a sequel happening.
November 30, 2011
SirPant

Super Reviewer

    1. Max Payne: I don't believe in heaven. I believe in pain. I believe in fear. I believe in death.
    – Submitted by Sandeep H (2 years ago)
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