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Payback Reviews

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Bob Bloom
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
The film's moral manipulations betray its fascistic heart.
| Original Score: 56/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Payback rips off the way a noir film is shot and looks.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 8, 2001
...tries to be a no-nonsense action thriller, but it's undermined by its own plot silliness and by the unruffled attitude of its main character.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Its smirking sense of humor and generic self-consciousness suggest that Payback would like to think of itself as a hip descendant of Pulp Fiction. But the movie is utterly devoid of narrative ingenuity and visual and dramatic flair.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
A mind-mangling disappointment, with a dopey sell-out ending.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
This film is riddled with cliches and impossible situations.
Dragan Antulov
June 14, 2004
Full Review| Original Score: 2/10
David Keyes
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shawn Levy
January 1, 2000
It feels more like a lousy Christopher Lambert thriller: all bad jokes, lampoonish villains and gory violence.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
Too meanspirited and brutal for its own good.
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
If you thought crime in the streets was a problem, wait till you take a gander at Payback, a violent, sadistic mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dustin Putman
January 1, 2000
Payback is not, in any way, an entertaining film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Roddick
Sight and Sound
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.
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Strictly a Mel Gibson vehicle, and one that doesn't really know what to do with the star's easygoing, audience-pleasing charm.
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
One big, ugly chase scene!
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