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Max Payne (2008)



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

Movie Info

Max Payne is a maverick cop - a mythic anti-hero - determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murders of his family and partner. Hell-bent on revenge, his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmare journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal.more
Rating: PG-13 (for violence including intense shooting sequences, drug content, some sexuality and brief strong language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Beau Thorne
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 2009
Box Office: $40.6M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Mark Wahlberg
as Max Payne
Mila Kunis
as Mona Sax
Beau Bridges
as BB Hensley
Chris O'Donnell
as Jason Colvin
Donal Logue
as Alex Balder
Amaury Nolasco
as Jack Lupino
Kate Burton
as Nicole Horne
Marianthi Evans
as Michelle Payne
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Critic Reviews for Max Payne

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (31)

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.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

The rain in Payne falls on dialogue inane.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014


Full Review… | August 3, 2009
3BlackChicks Review

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

Full Review… | August 1, 2009

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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2009
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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2009

Audience Reviews for Max Payne

Kunis and Wahlberg are not bad. Thats the best I can do. Decent effects for an action movie but no where as cool as the games it was based off of.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


A Payne-fully dull and predictable hard-boiled thriller occasionally interrupted by half-way decent John Woo-style action sequences.

Christopher Heim
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.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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