Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. 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]
  2. An interesting cast is wasted in this misanthropic thriller.
  3. 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.
  4. What one word might best describe Payback? How about "loathsome"?
  5. We're supposed to adore Gibson's sang-froid and his toughness, but everything, a few good lines aside, is so witless and monotonous it becomes numbing.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Jul 13, 2014
    10
    Payback has a great screenplay, action and witty humour. Gibson really suits the role of Porter. The movie
    Is gritty and action packed. The
    movie is a fantastic crime thriller. Full Review »
  2. Sep 15, 2014
    10
    Payback is a wild action movie with a revenge plot. Mel Gibson is perfect in this movie and it is total fun.
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    Full Review »
  3. Jul 18, 2014
    10
    Payback is a cool action thriller with a fantastic role from Mel Gibson. The movie is a revenge movie
    and it is executed with pure
    originality and ingenuity. Full Review »