Payback Synopsis
A study examines debt's influence on relationships, societies and government.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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