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Payback Reviews

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April 27, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 16, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 16, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 31, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2002
Payback is just Die Hard: Without a Soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
June 18, 2002
A higher class of thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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.
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 1, 2000
There is much cleverness and ingenuity in Payback.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
An intermittently engaging crime thriller that fuses elements of '30s era film noir with '70s era exploitation.
January 1, 2000
Very good fun!
January 1, 2000
Sadism is the film's only real subject, and its only real life as well.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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