Max Payne Reviews

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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+
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
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
November 2, 2008
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.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
October 28, 2008
Take in the pleasure, because Max Payne is the most beautiful video game adaptation yet.
Top Critic
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 23, 2008
Max Payne is a junkyard dog of a film that is true to its video-game roots even as it transcends them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 21, 2008
The fans attracted to Max Payne will readily leave any disbelief by the doors as the action ramps up.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 21, 2008
Your quintessential guy film. If you have any significant level of testosterone in your blood stream, you'll find something to enjoy about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Bell
Film Threat
October 21, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 18, 2008
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.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 18, 2008
A dumb film with a great conceptual hook from a director who visualizes better than he dramatizes.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 17, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jason Heck
Kansas City Star
October 17, 2008
It's stylishly directed by John Moore, and his actors don't embarrass themselves, despite the iffy premise.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
October 17, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 17, 2008
The movie is styled to death %u2014 it's hyper film noir without the philosophical resonance %u2014 and it's certainly something to see.
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 17, 2008
Like other video game adaptations there's barely a third dimension to any of the characters, but there's spades of neo-noir mood.
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
October 17, 2008
This intense action thriller will be recalled for its exciting visuals and relentless action rather than its acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 17, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
October 17, 2008
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
Kevin McCarthy
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
October 17, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Justin Chang
Variety
October 17, 2008
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.

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