Max Payne Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2014
The rain in Payne falls on dialogue inane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
August 3, 2009
Payneful
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
August 1, 2009
Never comes close to captivating its audience like the game did before it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey Bloomer
Paste Magazine
April 7, 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 | Original Score: 20/100
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
March 24, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 20, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 18, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 26, 2008
Imagine The Constant Gardener after a frontal lobotomy, and that's basically Max Payne in a nutshell.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 19, 2008
[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...

Empire Magazine
November 14, 2008
This tired, neutered action thriller won't cause you max pain, but you might wince every now and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
November 14, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/6
November 14, 2008
Among the best films adapted from videogames. Say no more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
November 14, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 14, 2008
The film combines ferocious self-importance with lashings of really nasty, unreflective violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
November 14, 2008
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.
Orlando Parfitt
IGN Movies UK
November 14, 2008
A massive waste of time and a glaring missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 14, 2008
Max Payne? Maximum Payne in the butt more like.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hicks
Total Film
November 14, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
November 14, 2008
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.

Daily Mirror [UK]
November 14, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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