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Payback Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
The film's moral manipulations betray its fascistic heart.
Read More | Original Score: 56/100
January 1, 2000
Payback rips off the way a noir film is shot and looks.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 6/10
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
A mind-mangling disappointment, with a dopey sell-out ending.
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.
January 1, 2000
This film is riddled with cliches and impossible situations.
June 14, 2004
Full Review| Original Score: 2/10
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
It feels more like a lousy Christopher Lambert thriller: all bad jokes, lampoonish villains and gory violence.
January 1, 2000
Too meanspirited and brutal for its own good.
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
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
January 1, 2000
Payback is not, in any way, an entertaining film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 27, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
One big, ugly chase scene!
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