63

TV Guide

For a movie of its type, Max Payne is a little short on excitement and heavy on pathos.
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50

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The attempts to out-Matrix "The Matrix," with bullet-time super-slo mo, are staged with such theatrics that they're unintentionally funny. This movie also has "Blade Runner" on its mind, and Raymond Chandler, but mostly it's a weak little sister to "Sin City."
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The film provides ample opportunity to attack the MPAA's hypocrisy. Max Payne is a bloodbath, yet it manages a PG-13 rating by keeping the explicitness of the killings just a whisker shy of what would be necessary for an R.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Max Payne couldn't be more appropriately named. Sitting through this stylish-looking but derivative, vacuous and bullet-riddled movie inflicts maximum pain.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A banal revenge melodrama-cum-detective story, but fans of the video game on which it is based should not be alarmed.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
If you stay and watch the endless end credits, there's a short scene that hints a sequel is coming. That's what I call real pain.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
With its flat story, numbed-out protagonist, and faux artistic lighting and set design - everything is dark or moody or darkishly moody or moodily dark - Max Payne seems a good half hour longer than its running time.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's just a grindingly inert death-wish thriller.
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25

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is not a movie that has great passion for pleasures of the flesh. Its sexiest scenes involve bullets cutting through the air in the slowest motion possible.
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20

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The story has more holes than a shot-up metal door, the acting feels bored at best, and the intermittent action, while passable, hardly makes up for the downtime.
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31 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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