Payback Reviews

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June 4, 2020
Directed with panache and gritty authenticity by first-timer Brian Helgeland.
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April 27, 2012
March 16, 2012
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June 21, 2007
A solid enough action comedy, albeit one that had a lot of potential to be wittier and darker.
May 10, 2007
A tough, entertaining homage to the kind of gritty '70s crime film that long ago gave way to a slicker yet tamer form of action movie ... Both the studio's cut and Helgeland's cut work about equally well.
March 31, 2007
June 25, 2005
This is the seediest studio picture I've seen since TO LIVE OR DIE IN LA. Even the theater floor feels stickier while watching this thing unfold.
June 14, 2004
April 13, 2004
Payback has its moments and its thrills, but the payoff just isn't there.
May 20, 2003
February 8, 2003
December 8, 2002
Payback is just Die Hard: Without a Soul.
November 6, 2002
Demonstrates why Mel Gibson is a movie star: He can take mediocre material and through sheer willpower -- not to mention oodles of charm -- make it work.
October 15, 2002
The movie squanders its energy on morbid levels of grisly, kinky violence, much of it sexual.
August 21, 2002
June 18, 2002
A higher class of thriller.
March 22, 2002
It quickly slides into a Lethal Weapon without Danny Glover, complete with blowups and wisecracks, gratuitous torture scenes and Gibson in familiar form as the twinkling rascal who makes a virtue out of viciousness.
March 5, 2002
Both star and director seem to be more interested in playing off perceptions of Gibson's on-screen persona than in actually telling the story, which lurches along from one violent set piece to the next.
May 11, 2001
In the popcorn sense, it certainly delivers on mindless escapism. In the artistic sense, let's just say that Payback is a long way from Point Blank.
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