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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 34 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39

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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. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    The only moments of conviction come from an Asian-American dominatrix called Pearl (Lucy Liu), who brings far more glee to the task of beating people up than the picture's star or director. If the audience could have half as much fun as Pearl is having, Payback would be a kick.
  2. 60
    Helgeland strips the material back to its pulp origins and overlays it with a patina of glib motifs familiar to devotees of Hollywood’s 1970s renaissance.
  3. In the last third, Payback turns into a joke.