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  • Summary: A thief plots revenge when he is betrayed by his wife and best friend.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Payback has a completely different spirit from "L.A. Confidential'' -- more wild, more silly -- but it has the same attention to the fine points of plot and character.
  2. 75
    While there's quite a bit more graphic bloodshed and brutality here than in any of the late screen icon's vehicles, Payback is a worthy '90s successor to his kind of movie.
  3. Payback is a thriller so mean and degraded it carries a low-down, vicious charge. Sadism is its only real subject, and its only real life as well.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    50
    Payback may not always be P.C., but it's not interested in making friends, anyway. Just killing enemies.
  5. 40
    It careens from coarse comedy to smart-ass stylization to vicious violence without ever becoming convincing on any level.
  6. 40
    The comic timing and Gibson's mugging are skillful, but the movie fulfills expectations of plot twists and ironic atmosphere only after having made clear that it won't be offering much else.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Sep 26, 2014
    10
    A high octane action thriller with witty lines and the actors give the movie a film noir feel.
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  2. Sep 26, 2014
    10
    One of the coolest action thrillers of 1999.
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  3. 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. Expand
  4. Sep 29, 2014
    10
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  5. Sep 29, 2014
    10
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  6. 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. Expand
  7. RonaldoG.
    Mar 31, 2009
    0
    This movie is terrible. I turned it off half way through. It is confused about whether or not it is a comedy or a drama, and fails miserably at being both. Expand

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