Max Payne Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
November 14, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/6
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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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 18, 2008
The filmmakers aim their cynicism more at us than at any government or drug company.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mike Mayo
Washington Post
October 17, 2008
Sexy girls and lots of automatic weapons are involved in an occasionally coherent plot.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 17, 2008
You can't help but wonder where the fine actor in The Departed and even Invincible has gone. It's not been a good year for Wahlberg: First The Happening, and now this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rob Salem
Toronto Star
October 17, 2008
Maybe somebody decided the movie was already so convoluted and leaden that throwing in a few swooping, screeching valkyries could only help. They do not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 17, 2008
The moviegoers are passive hostages on a long ride they've taken so many times before. So gameboys are advised to man their PlayStations this weekend; action-movie fans in search of red meat can wait for the inevitably more graphic DVD version.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 17, 2008
A movie that cares much more for poetic choreography in explosive gunfights than gaping lapses of logic in a flimsy crime narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 17, 2008
Max just drags on as it drags you down. If you stay and watch the endless end credits, there's a short scene that hints a sequel is coming. That's what I call real pain.
| Original Score: 1/4
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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
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 17, 2008
Mark Wahlberg, who has proved himself a very capable actor, seems to have nominated himself for the Russell Crowe Lack of Charisma Award, and is running a pretty convincing campaign.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 17, 2008
A weak little sister to Sin City.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 17, 2008
No amount of generosity could excuse the levels of ineptitude on display here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 17, 2008
Dark, moody, extremely twisted and hard to enjoy on any level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 17, 2008
Max Payne, game or movie, has precious little to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 17, 2008
The movie is a series of glum interrogation scenes that lead nowhere special, with a not-quite-sci-fi urban murkiness that makes it look like someone was trying to shoot Blade Runner in Cleveland.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 17, 2008
Max Payne may be the worst movie of the year. The "may be" qualifier is only because the year isn't over yet.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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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
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 17, 2008
A straight-up action picture, and a rather bombastic, familiar one at that.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 17, 2008
A big reason why videogame-to-movie adaptations are currently batting .000 is that filmmakers work so hard at recreating a game's look that they ignore the obvious problem of assembling a bunch of lame cutscenes into a story.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
October 17, 2008
It boasts a stylish surface, but there's nothing new beneath it.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 17, 2008
A critic can stay alert through movies that would put elephants into comas, but I doubt most people will stay awake for Max Payne.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 17, 2008
Max Payne is content to be an efficient vehicle for the delivery of a familiar range of sensations, some of which almost rise to the level of feelings.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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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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.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
October 17, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 17, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 16, 2008
The story, involving conspiracies, doesn't always make sense. And the surprises are easy to predict; director John Moore doesn't try to hide them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5