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.
| Original Score: C+
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
What are you going to do? It's cool to be the first game to put players in control of a John Woo gunfight, but to be yet another movie waving double guns in slow motion, not so much.
Take in the pleasure, because Max Payne is the most beautiful video game adaptation yet.
Max Payne is a junkyard dog of a film that is true to its video-game roots even as it transcends them.
| Original Score: 3/4
The fans attracted to Max Payne will readily leave any disbelief by the doors as the action ramps up.
| Original Score: B-
Your quintessential guy film. If you have any significant level of testosterone in your blood stream, you'll find something to enjoy about it.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Simple, it is as by-the-books formulaic as can be, and there's not a surprise around that the corner that isn't obvious immediately.
Although dialogue may be less than stimulating in 'Max Payne,' its powerful images relate what needs to be said -- and this approach worked for me.
A dumb film with a great conceptual hook from a director who visualizes better than he dramatizes.
There were moments that needed some explanation and characters that needed a quite a bit of fleshing out. But it was violent and fun and since that's why I played the game, I left the theater satisfied.
| Original Score: 5/10
It's stylishly directed by John Moore, and his actors don't embarrass themselves, despite the iffy premise.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Give 'Max Payne' the modest credit it deserves. It's a gloriously dumb, over-the-top slice of convoluted pulp fiction, and far more entertaining than I would have expected.
The movie is styled to death %u2014 it's hyper film noir without the philosophical resonance %u2014 and it's certainly something to see.
Like other video game adaptations there's barely a third dimension to any of the characters, but there's spades of neo-noir mood.
This intense action thriller will be recalled for its exciting visuals and relentless action rather than its acting.
Though the film's action scenes won't win awards for originality, they can't be faulted for either their scale or love of slo-mo.
Visually compelling and with a cast willing to make the effort so that we'll take it seriously, this is a solid action film.
| Original Score: 3/4
Though the PG-13 rating of Max Payne limited the amount of violence, the film still succeeds mainly due to the dark, gritty and beautiful cinematography.
| Original Score: 4/5
Moore artfully blends vidgame and film-noir aesthetics while editor Dan Zimmerman‚(TM)s measured rhythms yield a more coherent, less frenzied work than one might expect from the source material.