Payback Reviews

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There is much cleverness and ingenuity in Payback.
January 1, 2000
It is well written, contains a flock of colorful characters, and gives star Mel Gibson a number of great one-liners.
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Dark, nasty and thoroughly engrossing!
January 1, 2000
The strangest marriage of '30s noir and '90s hyper-action imaginable, and if the end result is a sort of cartoon, it's a fun cartoon to look at.
January 1, 2000
It's kicky, nasty urban sangfroid with pointy little teeth and a serious case of the angries, an existential hand grenade disguised as a heist film.
January 1, 2000
Sadism is the film's only real subject, and its only real life as well.
January 1, 2000
Makes up for its faults with nearly non-stop action and some amusing tongue-in-cheek humor.
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Morally bankrupt, but it's rich entertainment!
January 1, 2000
An intermittently engaging crime thriller that fuses elements of '30s era film noir with '70s era exploitation.
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Like its main character, Payback is entertainingly true to itself, and in the absence of any real imagination or ingenuity, for an audience tired of movies that trip over themselves trying to please, that goes a long way.
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Bloody-handed but hip!
January 1, 2000
Seriously, if you thought he got his ass kicked in the 'Lethal Weapon' films, you have only begun to watch Mel get bruised.
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.
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