It's not necessarily high brow sci-fi, but it is very accessible to the mainstream eye.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
For those who enjoy a ripper of a good yarn, Paycheck is good value.
Some remedial script work is in need, and the characters are far from compelling. But the action is up to scratch and it rattles happily along.
| Original Score: 3/5
It's nice to know that there's a director out there who still knows how to use marquee stars and to blow stuff up real good, without resorting to CGI fakery.
A mildly entertaining slice of science fiction that's anchored by some top-notch action.
The film discards serious discussion for Mexican standoffs and action scenes, trading the possibility of complex rewards for simple pleasures.
| Original Score: B-
| Original Score: 3/5
This could have been a terrific movie. Unfortunately, Paramount and Director John Woo (who was responsible for the lamentable Windtalkers), ruined it by prolific special effects.
| Original Score: 6/10
There is enough left of the original idea in the movie to recommend it, just barely.
| Original Score: C+
The characters are charismatic, the action sequences strong and the plot — adapted from a Philip K. Dick story — better than average.
| Original Score: B
Paycheck is classic John Woo: not challenging, but a fun ride as long as you don't try to pick it apart.
| Original Score: B+
A brisk, enjoyable, implausible sci-fi thriller.
Generally succeeds as an action movie and occasionally slips as a smarty pants work of speculative fiction, but fun overall.
| Original Score: 4/5
Director John Woo, progenitor of film violence as stylized artistry, rests on his laurels here. He keeps the action sufficiently engaging, but never mind-blowing.
A pleasant enough diversion.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
For the average escapism-craving Joe, Paycheck is a breezy way to forget about reality for two hours.
Affleck is no Schwarzenegger but director Woo works with what he's got. With Uma Thurman as the action sidekick/love interest, how bad can it be?
A good bit of the negativity surrounding the film wouldn't exist if it starred anyone but Ben Affleck (well, maybe not Mark Wahlberg either).