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Paycheck Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 24, 2003
This is one Affleck misstep you can't blame on J. Lo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 24, 2003
There are countless fascinating possibilities involved in Philip K. Dick's story, and I'm kind of sad that the ones ranking highest in the minds of the filmmakers was the opportunity to have chase scenes and blow stuff up real good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 23, 2003
Paycheck is bad enough that it may convince some movie-goers not to go to another film just because it was made by John Woo.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 25, 2003
Ben Affleck is a handsome fellow. No argument there. What he isn't is a particularly compelling leading man.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 4, 2004
The one thing we cannot forgive in a would-be thriller is boredom. Even Woo's trademarks, the fluttering birds and the two-gun stand-off, feel perfunctory.
Read More | Original Score: C-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 27, 2010
This movie just sags, even in the action scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 24, 2003
This is cinematic cotton candy at its most caloric, and could pass as worthy yet inconsequential entertainment if it only had a tenth of a brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
December 23, 2003
Ben Affleck's latest action flick comes on strong, but ends up just another action flick without sufficient funds.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
December 29, 2003
Just add an underwritten love interest, a scruffy yet lovable sidekick, stir violently and overcook action sequences. Serves millions, but tastes bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
February 24, 2004
When will Ben Affleck's perceived star power fade away? He just doesn't seem to have the inner angst and soulfulness that you see in the eyes of Cruise, Pitt or even Damon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 25, 2003
It's less like a movie than a DVD burned using a file-serving Web site where you can download favorite movie scenes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
December 24, 2003
Sadly, the once glowing Hollywood promise of Ben Affleck and director John Woo has gradually given way to good paycheck hunting.
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
February 28, 2004
It doesn't take a world-famous genius to peg this thing a paycheck movie if there ever was one.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 3, 2004
It moves quickly, doesn't belabor the obvious, doesn't do anything stupid, and will be forgotten the moment you exit the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
December 23, 2003
Acting is hard to do. Watch Affleck try it and barely make a go of it.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 25, 2003
[Woo] still has pretty much of a tin ear for American performances, so he lets Affleck doze through the starring role. The film feels as if it has no center.
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
April 7, 2004
John Woo delivers some fun thrills in an otherwise lackluster action pic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
December 23, 2003
Paycheck is the sort of noisy nonsense that Woo's earlier action movies made irrelevant, but alas not extinct.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 29, 2003
It's hard to imagine Dick ever writing anything as empty as this.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 11, 2009
"Paycheck" is a no-brainer action movie with just enough sci-fi thematic input to keep it spicy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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