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
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. 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 »
  2. 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 »
  3. Sep 24, 2012
    7
    Never a classic, Payback is just a nice mix of black comedy and action which does it's job well. It includes certain noir elements, such as a grey layering to the visuals and horn layden soundtrack, that help make it different and refreshing enough to stand out, and you also never know quite what to expect throughout the film either. Not one to have at the top of the viewing list, but one that's worthy of your time. Full Review »