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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Payback is a brutally entertaining crime drama that should have been a little more brutal and a little less entertaining. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    In the last third, Payback turns into a joke. show more

  • 38
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    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] show more

  • 25
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    An interesting cast is wasted in this misanthropic thriller. show more

  • 25
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    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. show more

  • 70
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    Rips out at least one dimension to reduce everything to archetypal good guys and bad guys, or bad guy and worse guys. show more

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