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Payback

(1999)

Rated R for strong violence, language, and drug and sexual content.

R In Theaters 02/5/1999 , 110min.
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October 17, 2013
degatina
THIS IS MEL GIBSON'S VERSION OF FILM NOIRE, AND HE DOES IT JUSTICE. IT WOULD SLIDE RIGHT INTO PLACE WITH All the old classic movies of this type. IF ONLY DOCTORS IN THE REAL WORLD COULD HEAL PEOPLE THE WAY THEY GET HEALED IN FILMS! THEY GET BANGED AND KICKED AROUND AND CAN STILL FUNCTION IN THE NEXT SCENE.

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David Edelstein
Slate
The only moments of conviction come from an Asian-American dominatrix called Pearl (Lucy Liu), who brings far more glee to the task of beating people up than the picture's star or director. If the audience could have half as much fun as Pearl is having, Payback would be a kick. Full Review
Emanuel Levy
Variety
Not an embarrassment, but it's not distinguished, either. Full Review
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. Full Review
Keith Phipps
The Onion (A.V. Club)
Consider that in “Point Blank,” Lee Marvin walks through the film with the look of a man who's lost his soul. You can see it in his eyes. Look in Gibson's eyes in this one and you'll see soullessness, but it doesn't seem to come from anywhere within his character. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Has the makings of that rarest of ventures, an adaptation that is true to the spirit of the original as well as its own time and place. But as Payback wends its way toward its conclusion, its promise dissipates and its pleasures wane. Full Review

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