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Paycheck Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
There's a sense of treading water about this movie.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 26, 2003
Without ever quite becoming boring, Paycheck seems to narrow into a routine pattern, and a plot that at first had nuance and the hint of a broader meaning degenerates into chases and standard action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 26, 2003
You may not buy everything about this movie, but you'll likely leave it with a smile.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 25, 2003
If a movie is going to flout, or at least bend, the laws of the universe, it at least ought to obey its own internal rules.
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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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 25, 2003
Though the premise is provocative enough, the execution feels like a host of other violent action-drenched movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 25, 2003
A bloated thriller that runs out of steam long before its final interminable chase.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
December 25, 2003
As a genius running for his life, Affleck's got the intensity of a frat brother racing to return a keg before he loses the deposit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 25, 2003
Belongs with the likes of Impostor: a near-future tale of paranoia and suspense of disappointingly generic proportions.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 25, 2003
Affleck gives a sleek, economical performance as Jennings.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 25, 2003
The whole project bears the marks of a bored director, and a script in constant flux.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 25, 2003
This smooth but bland thriller may be the best we could possibly expect from John Woo directing a Philip K. Dick adaptation, especially when Ben Affleck is added to the mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 25, 2003
Unlike Woo's Face/Off or Broken Arrow, there are no stunts, special effects or kinetic moments in Paycheck that really blow you away.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 25, 2003
The second half of the film is one overlong action sequence linked to another.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 25, 2003
Every scene screams, 'I'm only doing this for the money.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 25, 2003
A mostly tangled affair that betrays an intriguing premise and botches most opportunites to deepen the proceedings.
| Original Score: C-
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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 25, 2003
We're left with the painful reality that Paycheck might get Alfred Hitchcock, but it certainly doesn't know Philip K. Dick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 25, 2003
With its bland central character, and collapsible contraption of a plot, Paycheck leaves little after-effect.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 25, 2003
Instead of a nifty thriller, Woo delivers typical bombast, making what should be an exciting film feel like 'Exhibit A' in the case against modern action films.
| Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 25, 2003
Makes little of its fascinating premise and seems to show the once-mighty Woo running out of breath and ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 24, 2003
Efficient and occasionally fun -- but never to the extent that you can overlook its shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 24, 2003
The blanks, and there are many, are filled with dunderheaded plotting and logic usually reserved only for James Bond movies.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
December 23, 2003
Too smart for a mindless actioneer, and too slick to capture the full moral weight of Dick's dystopia.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 23, 2003
Limp retread of Minority Report.
| Original Score: 1/4
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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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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 23, 2003
Paycheck's no breakthrough, but it's the tightest John Woo movie since his Hong Kong heyday.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 23, 2003
Nothing in the movie is a surprise.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 23, 2003
The amazing thing about John Woo's steely, impersonal adaptation of Philip K. Dick sci-fi story ... is how it vanishes in front of our eyes even as we watch it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Robert Koehler
Variety
December 23, 2003
Ranks with Impostor as among the least memorable of big-screen adaptations of the late S.F. author's canon.
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
December 23, 2003
The law of diminishing returns appears to have caught up with Hollywood's Philip K. Dick infatuation.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 19, 2003
Writer Dean Georgaris and director John Woo propel a viewer through shoot-outs, chases and suspense sequences that break enough new ground to feel fresh.