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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
    50
    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
    30
    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
    20
    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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  1. Positive: 54 out of 105
  2. Negative: 43 out of 105
  1. ERB
    Jun 20, 2013
    10
    Good Movie! Expand
  2. Nov 28, 2012
    5
    It's pretty entertaining in some point, but even then it's only on a superficial level. "Max Payne" is a pretty lame attempt at recreating what the games did so well. Expand
  3. Sep 23, 2012
    0
    One of the worst movies i have ever seen. This movie mocks everything fans love about Max Payne, if you really want to see a movie worth seeing watch WANTED that's one bad ass movie Expand

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