Paycheck Synopsis
Michael Jennings (Ben Affleck) is being hunted but he doesn't know why.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A nifty science-fiction twist on the old amnesia plot where a guy spends most of a movie trying to remember what he did and why everyone is...
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Slick and slight.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
We're left with the painful reality that Paycheck might get Alfred Hitchcock, but it certainly doesn't know Philip K. Dick.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
There are chases that feel way too long, and dialogue that feels flat. Affleck and Thurman make a handsome duo, but there's no spark...
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The amazing thing about John Woo's steely, impersonal adaptation of Philip K. Dick sci-fi story about a tech genius whose memory is...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Running mainly on adrenaline and a gimmick, it's different from other holiday movies in that it's not ambitious, earnest or overblown, and...
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Maybe Affleck was drawn to this movie because it involves the loss of memory. Who wouldn't want to forget "Gigli," and now this?
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Begins with a thought-provoking idea from Philip K. Dick, exploits it for its action and plot potential, but never really develops it.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The story, adapted by Dean Georgaris, doesn't come within a light year of science-fiction plausibility, and after a while Woo gives up...
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The title of this limp retread of "Minority Report" -- both films are based on stories by Philip K. Dick -- presumably refers to the reason...
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By Garlonuss
A fun concept movie that could have been more profound. But as-is, it's fun to see how they work the various items into Jennings' master plan unpredictably. I've read the story by PKD, and there are...

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By goldenjwilliams
Action, thriller and a pretty good story....

Not so bad

By Sezwee
I'm not a huge Affleck fan, but this one wasn't bad. It would have been better if there were more than once twist. But at least the twist is a pretty good one (although one that you see coming)...

Great

By Fire_Bird
I loved how the story all came together and loved the action...

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Rated PG-13 | For intense action violence and brief language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Not for kids 14 and under This movie just sags, even in the action scenes.
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