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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 105
  2. Negative: 43 out of 105
  1. JaredJ
    Feb 20, 2009
    10
    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
    10
    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
    9
    Loved it. Great script and exciting action.
  4. NoorDimashk
    Oct 26, 2008
    6
    Slightly above average movie. The concept is amazing, the execution is close to terrible. But it's not a complete disaster.
  5. SHODAN
    Oct 24, 2008
    2
    How did they manage to convert a video game into a movie and actually simplify the plot? All they had to do was lift the narrative and style directly out of the game and they would have had a winner. For what reason did they change things? And why did they think it would make it better? Simple hubris? Expand
  6. DG3
    Oct 16, 2008
    0
    I give it a zero just to counter the high votes from people who haven't even seen the movie.

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