Max Payne


Max Payne (2008)


Critic Consensus: While it boasts some stylish action, Max Payne suffers severely from an illogical plot and overdirection.


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Max Payne is a maverick cop - a mythic anti-hero - determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murders of his family and partner. Hell-bent on revenge, his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmare journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal.

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Mark Wahlberg
as Max Payne
Mila Kunis
as Mona Sax
Beau Bridges
as BB Hensley
Chris O'Donnell
as Jason Colvin
Donal Logue
as Alex Balder
Amaury Nolasco
as Jack Lupino
Kate Burton
as Nicole Horne
Marianthi Evans
as Michelle Payne
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Critic Reviews for Max Payne

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (31)

John Moore directs the hell out of the action, while Jonathan Sela's glistening photography captures the snow and rain that fall on these bloody New York streets. But you'd have to be on crack not to guess the 'surprise' finale.

Nov 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

The film combines ferocious self-importance with lashings of really nasty, unreflective violence.

Nov 14, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Max Payne is a junkyard dog of a film that is true to its video-game roots even as it transcends them.

Oct 23, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The filmmakers aim their cynicism more at us than at any government or drug company.

Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Sexy girls and lots of automatic weapons are involved in an occasionally coherent plot.

Oct 17, 2008 | Full Review…

You can't help but wonder where the fine actor in The Departed and even Invincible has gone. It's not been a good year for Wahlberg: First The Happening, and now this.

Oct 17, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Max Payne


A Payne-fully dull and predictable hard-boiled thriller occasionally interrupted by half-way decent John Woo-style action sequences.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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Sort of hit or miss throughout for me. Parts were interesting, revenge is always a good story base, I know nothing about the game it's been adapted from, but feel it would have been more enjoyable to model it on the graphic novel adaptions. Some important clues were easily guessible and parts were action packed, others a little static.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


I haven't played the games, of which a third is due out soon?! So I can only merit it as a film in its own right. Aware of poor reviews, I wasn't aware too much of the story behind the games, other than a cop who hands out his own rough justice. It was an interesting film but I think most expected a lot more action, or maybe more blood and violence. Instead it's more of a film noir thriller. The visuals are impressive, not just the cgi angels but the overall cinematography. The action gets better towards the end with a good shoot-out, but overall it needed a bit more throughout. A good surprising cast line up though!

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

Kunis and Wahlberg are not bad. Thats the best I can do. Decent effects for an action movie but no where as cool as the games it was based off of.

John Manard
John Manard

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