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Paycheck Reviews

February 9, 2006
There's a sense of treading water about this movie.
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
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
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.
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.
December 25, 2003
Though the premise is provocative enough, the execution feels like a host of other violent action-drenched movies.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 25, 2003
A bloated thriller that runs out of steam long before its final interminable chase.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
December 25, 2003
Belongs with the likes of Impostor: a near-future tale of paranoia and suspense of disappointingly generic proportions.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 25, 2003
Affleck gives a sleek, economical performance as Jennings.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 25, 2003
The whole project bears the marks of a bored director, and a script in constant flux.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 25, 2003
The second half of the film is one overlong action sequence linked to another.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 25, 2003
Every scene screams, 'I'm only doing this for the money.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 25, 2003
A mostly tangled affair that betrays an intriguing premise and botches most opportunites to deepen the proceedings.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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
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
December 25, 2003
With its bland central character, and collapsible contraption of a plot, Paycheck leaves little after-effect.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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
December 24, 2003
Efficient and occasionally fun -- but never to the extent that you can overlook its shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
December 24, 2003
The blanks, and there are many, are filled with dunderheaded plotting and logic usually reserved only for James Bond movies.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 23, 2003
Too smart for a mindless actioneer, and too slick to capture the full moral weight of Dick's dystopia.
December 23, 2003
Limp retread of Minority Report.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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
December 23, 2003
Paycheck's no breakthrough, but it's the tightest John Woo movie since his Hong Kong heyday.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
December 23, 2003
Nothing in the movie is a surprise.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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+
December 23, 2003
Ranks with Impostor as among the least memorable of big-screen adaptations of the late S.F. author's canon.
December 23, 2003
The law of diminishing returns appears to have caught up with Hollywood's Philip K. Dick infatuation.
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.