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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 16, 2008
As good as a couple of its action beats are, Max still suffers from the heartlessness that makes games emotionally inferior to movies. Nobody ever shed a tear over a video-game character's death.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
October 17, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2008
Miserable, in every sense of the word.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 17, 2008
Maybe fans of the game will be okay with the cinematic adaptation but for those who aren't new to Max and his world, this isn't an impressive introduction. Clunky action, chaotic plotting, and embarrassing dialogue are not ways to impress newcomers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
October 17, 2008
There are several old adages actors should follow when considering a film role: never work with children, cute barnyard animals or do movie adaptations of video games.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 17, 2008
Eventually, Max pieces together a conspiracy, but Max Payne spells it all out so obviously that the densest audience members will put the pieces together at least half an hour before the hero finally does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 17, 2008
Honestly, you find yourself rooting against Payne's survival, even with a good actor in the hollow role. There's nothing inside the film's sour, slovenly spirit of vengeance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
October 17, 2008
Video game adaptation is bloody but boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 17, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 17, 2008
The emotional underpinnings and psychological depths of great detective fiction get tossed aside for a wallow in stylistic excess.
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
Tim Grierson
Screendaily
October 17, 2008
As shiny and hollow as its used shell cases, Max Payne doesn't have much to offer beyond a recycled noir attitude and a progressively violent, predictable story.
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
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
October 17, 2008
An embarrassment to a genre that's already delivered some of the worst movies of the last ten years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 18, 2008
It snows one day in Max Payne, rains like crazy the next, and then it snows again. But any way you slice it, the movie's all wet.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
October 17, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: D
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
October 16, 2008
A big nothing, not even hokey enough to watch for the sake of laughing at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 16, 2008
This action saga is driven into unintentionally self-parodic territory only a seven-year-old boy could reasonably stomach.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

Irish Times
November 14, 2008

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July 14, 2011
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