100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Payback has a completely different spirit from "L.A. Confidential'' -- more wild, more silly -- but it has the same attention to the fine points of plot and character.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There is much cleverness and ingenuity in Payback, but Mel Gibson is the key. The movie wouldn't work with an actor who was heavy on his feet, or was too sincere about the material.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
While there's quite a bit more graphic bloodshed and brutality here than in any of the late screen icon's vehicles, Payback is a worthy '90s successor to his kind of movie.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Payback is a thriller so mean and degraded it carries a low-down, vicious charge. Sadism is its only real subject, and its only real life as well.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Marvin leavened his sociopathy with a hint of little boy naivete or innocence -- Gibson is merely a frequently funny thug. {5 February 1999, Life, p. 11E]
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
In the last third, Payback turns into a joke.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Payback is a brutally entertaining crime drama that should have been a little more brutal and a little less entertaining.
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38

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The idea may sound like fun, but the movie isn't. It's a travesty of a picture that's a disgrace to the memory of the great film from which it's remade. [5 February 1999, Friday, po.A]
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25

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
So it's hard to know who gets the blame for Payback. I say we cut Mel some slack and put the hex on Helgeland.
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25

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
An interesting cast is wasted in this misanthropic thriller.
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46 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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