Payback Reviews

Page 1 of 2
June 14, 2004
April 13, 2004
Payback has its moments and its thrills, but the payoff just isn't there.
May 20, 2003
October 15, 2002
The movie squanders its energy on morbid levels of grisly, kinky violence, much of it sexual.
August 21, 2002
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.
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.
February 27, 2001
February 14, 2001
It's undone not so much by the shadow of Lee Marvin falling heavily on it (which it does) as by the twin obstacles of big star image and, more to the point, excessive violence.
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.
January 1, 2000
The thin story never generates any genuine excitement.
January 1, 2000
A genre that's been beaten to a pulp!
January 1, 2000
It feels more like a lousy Christopher Lambert thriller: all bad jokes, lampoonish villains and gory violence.
January 1, 2000
Rehashed Quentin Tarantino or a rusted-out Pinto.
January 1, 2000
One big, ugly chase scene!
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
A mind-mangling disappointment, with a dopey sell-out ending.
January 1, 2000
Too meanspirited and brutal for its own good.
Page 1 of 2