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  • Summary: Max Payne is a maverick cop - a mythic anti-hero - determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murders of his family and partner. Hell-bent on revenge, his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmare journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal. (20th Century Fox) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 14 out of 25
  1. A dumb film with a great conceptual hook from a director who visualizes better than he dramatizes.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    At least in a video game the player decides who needs to be killed, and what trail to take in the labyrinth. The Max Payne moviegoers are passive hostages on a long ride they've taken so many times before.
  3. 50
    The attempts to out-Matrix "The Matrix," with bullet-time super-slo mo, are staged with such theatrics that they're unintentionally funny. This movie also has "Blade Runner" on its mind, and Raymond Chandler, but mostly it's a weak little sister to "Sin City."
  4. 38
    What kills Max Payne is that the characters think and feel in slow motion. Half the time, mentally, they're just running in place.
  5. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    The role requires Wahlberg to run the gamut of emotions from A to A.
  6. 25
    If you stay and watch the endless end credits, there's a short scene that hints a sequel is coming. That's what I call real pain.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Turning video games into movies may be one way for studios to coax teenagers away from their laptops, but this time around, the results are miserable, in every sense of the word.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 108
  2. Negative: 43 out of 108
  1. JaredJ
    Feb 20, 2009
    I fail to see why this got a 5.4 when the god awefull "Hitman" got a 9.8 (or 8.9) "Hitman" had no connection with the games. "Max Payne" has everything, even right down to the snow storm. It was nice to see the voice-actor of the first game play a role. I did not mind spending the $27.95 for the Unrated extended cut eddition and that came with a digital version, people these days love movies that suck and hate movies that are amazing (like this.) Expand
  2. RichardL.
    Nov 17, 2008
    Truly amazing!! Max Payne is one of the best video game to screen adaption yet. I highly enjoyed this dark and gritty crime thriller, Mark Whalberg does an amazing job as Max Payne a cop haunted and tormented by his family's murder and he will stop at nothing to get revenge for their deaths, with that said Max Payne leads you on a roller coaster ride of thrills and non-stop action that all leads up to the shocking and explosive finale. John Moore directs a totally awesome crime thriller that won't stop amazing and shocking you till the end, Beau Bridges & Mila Kunis deliver great performances, the only weak leak in this movie is Luidacris his performance is very weak and unrealistic and very single minded and boring. Besides that It's a great Crime film. I very highly recommend this film. Expand
  3. LisaB
    Oct 15, 2008
    Loved it. Great script and exciting action.
  4. Oct 20, 2014
    I saw the movie before I learned about the video game. The Movie took a different spin that was less effective than the video game. Then again, I am not sure they've made any movies based on video games that were a real success. That being said, I still think this one falls on the higher end of those films. Although it lacked the grit and murky attitude the video game had, the story structure and dialogue could have been much worse. Lets be grateful. Marc W. was an interesting pick as Max Payne, and I think he delivered something with substance. Could a different actor do better, possibly a few, I thought he lacked that inner strife and just hollow feel that drives Max, I don't feel like Max is a mess and doesn't care and wants to die because he has nothing but revenge on his mind. I feel like that still mostly could be the director's and story's fault. Max Payne should have had a more epic intro than "leave that man alone". I also think Mila Kunis was an attention cast rather than a talent cast, not to mention Luda. Her character lacked the hate and aggression needed to believe she was a mafia member...not her strength. This movie could have been great. Revenge stories always have potential, the flaws are notable but I think this one managed to crutch along and not be a failure. Just not much more than that. Expand
  5. CiaranB.
    Oct 17, 2008
    I'm a huge fan of the video game max payne, not only dose this disappoint fans of the game, but as a movie its was poorly made, poorly filmed, and had all the cheesy cliche's of every mediocre action flick. Waste of money. Expand
  6. George
    Dec 3, 2008
    This could have been so much better.
  7. DG3
    Oct 16, 2008
    I give it a zero just to counter the high votes from people who haven't even seen the movie.

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