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Max Payne Reviews

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Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

Payneful

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Original Score: 1/5

August 3, 2009
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex

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

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 1, 2009
Jeffrey Bloomer
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 20/100

April 7, 2009
Simon Weaving
Screenwize

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 Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 2/5

March 24, 2009
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

January 20, 2009
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

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 Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2/5

January 18, 2009
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 1/4

November 26, 2008
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[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...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

November 19, 2008

Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

November 14, 2008
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

November 14, 2008

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

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 14, 2008
James Christopher
Times [UK]

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 Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

November 14, 2008
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

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

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 1/5

November 14, 2008
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

November 14, 2008
Orlando Parfitt
IGN Movies UK

A massive waste of time and a glaring missed opportunity.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies UK | Original Score: 2/5

November 14, 2008
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

Max Payne? Maximum Payne in the butt more like.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

November 14, 2008
Chris Hicks
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

November 14, 2008
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]

November 14, 2008

Daily Mirror [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.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

November 14, 2008

Sun Online

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

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 2/5

November 14, 2008
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