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Max Payne Reviews

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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
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
Fred Topel
Can Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Can Magazine

November 2, 2008
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Take in the pleasure, because Max Payne is the most beautiful video game adaptation yet.

Full Review

October 28, 2008
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Max Payne is a junkyard dog of a film that is true to its video-game roots even as it transcends them.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 23, 2008
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The fans attracted to Max Payne will readily leave any disbelief by the doors as the action ramps up.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

October 21, 2008
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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 Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 21, 2008
Mark Bell
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

October 21, 2008
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

October 18, 2008
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A dumb film with a great conceptual hook from a director who visualizes better than he dramatizes.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B-

October 18, 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 Source: UGO | Original Score: 5/10

October 17, 2008
Jason Heck
Kansas City Star

It's stylishly directed by John Moore, and his actors don't embarrass themselves, despite the iffy premise.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 17, 2008
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

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 Source: San Francisco Examiner | 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.

Full Review Source: MTV

October 17, 2008
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Like other video game adaptations there's barely a third dimension to any of the characters, but there's spades of neo-noir mood.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

October 17, 2008
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)

This intense action thriller will be recalled for its exciting visuals and relentless action rather than its acting.

Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

October 17, 2008
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

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 Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

October 17, 2008
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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

October 17, 2008
Kevin McCarthy
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)

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 Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio) | Original Score: 4/5

October 17, 2008
Justin Chang
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 17, 2008

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July 14, 2011

Irish Times

November 14, 2008
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