Payback

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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 119 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 119
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  1. CalebR.
    Jun 10, 2005
    10
    My favorite movie of all time. It's the best.
  2. 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 oneNever 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. Expand
  3. MikeM.
    Jun 24, 2003
    8
    Payback, a thriller with lots of Dennis Miller style of dry humor, stars Mel Gibson as Porter, a thief who just wants his share. This is not a "normal" Mel Gibson character and that's good. There are several supporting characters that have a lot potential; some of which, don't live up to it. Lucy Liu has a memorable but short performance as a sort of call girl with a pension for Payback, a thriller with lots of Dennis Miller style of dry humor, stars Mel Gibson as Porter, a thief who just wants his share. This is not a "normal" Mel Gibson character and that's good. There are several supporting characters that have a lot potential; some of which, don't live up to it. Lucy Liu has a memorable but short performance as a sort of call girl with a pension for pain. While I like this movie, some may find the cinematography a little irrating, it has a grungy or understated feel. It could put some people to sleep. The soundtrack lends itself and adds to the humor. This is defintely a great movie for those who get a kick of a low-key anti-hero who let's you root for the bad guy. Expand
  4. PaulTR
    Nov 14, 2004
    8
    I enjoyed Payback immensely. Its gritty sense of style played particularly well with its gripping story about a city swirling in corruption and a bank robbing anti-hero that knew how to play the system and win. Every character is a criminal of some kind, from buttoned-down crime lords and hookers to crooked cops and bloodsucking bottom feeders. I knew the Mel's character would I enjoyed Payback immensely. Its gritty sense of style played particularly well with its gripping story about a city swirling in corruption and a bank robbing anti-hero that knew how to play the system and win. Every character is a criminal of some kind, from buttoned-down crime lords and hookers to crooked cops and bloodsucking bottom feeders. I knew the Mel's character would triumph in the end with barely a blink but somehow that just didn't bother me. I just accepted that he was that good, so all I had to do was sit back watch him conduct a symphony of chaos. Expand
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.