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Payback Reviews

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AV Club
April 27, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 16, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 16, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies
June 21, 2007
A solid enough action comedy, albeit one that had a lot of potential to be wittier and darker.
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B

Bullz-Eye.com
March 31, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Moriarty
Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
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.
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Payback is just Die Hard: Without a Soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A higher class of thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 1, 2000
It may be bloody, sleazy and populated entirely by trashy people, but this picture is also subtly stylish, sensationally acted and - if you appreciate extremely bitter humor - pretty funny as well. Somehow, someday, somewhere, 'Payback' will get its due.
Matt Prigge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It is well written, contains a flock of colorful characters, and gives star Mel Gibson a number of great one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
There is much cleverness and ingenuity in Payback.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
An intermittently engaging crime thriller that fuses elements of '30s era film noir with '70s era exploitation.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Very good fun!
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Sadism is the film's only real subject, and its only real life as well.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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New York Times
April 27, 2012
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
April 25, 2012
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
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Hollywood Reporter
January 26, 2012
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
October 18, 2008
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
October 18, 2008

Empire Magazine
March 25, 2006
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 9, 2004
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Ray Pride
Newcity
January 1, 2000
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
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