Max Payne

16% of critics liked it

30% of users liked it

In theaters Oct 17, 2008
PG-13, 1 hr. 40 min.

Movie Info

Director: John Moore
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Theater Release: Oct 17, 2008
DVD Release: Jan 20, 2009
Synopsis: Rockstar Games' double-gunned action franchise comes to the big screen thanks to director John Moore (The Omen) and Mark Wahlberg, who embodies the title character of Max Payne, a widowed cop hell-bent on delivering justice no matter what the cost as he investigates a string of killings in his city. Mila Kunis and Chris O'Donnell head up the supporting cast, with Beau Thorne adapting the screenplay for the 20th Century Fox production. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Critic Reviews

  • 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. More...
  • Max Payne is a junkyard dog of a film that is true to its video-game roots even as it transcends them. More...
  • The filmmakers aim their cynicism more at us than at any government or drug company. More...
  • Sexy girls and lots of automatic weapons are involved in an occasionally coherent plot. More...
  • 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. More...
  • 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. More...
  • 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. More...
  • A movie that cares much more for poetic choreography in explosive gunfights than gaping lapses of logic in a flimsy crime narrative. More...
  • 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. More...
  • 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. More...