(2008)

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63
For a movie of its type, Max Payne is a little short on excitement and heavy on pathos.
50
The attempts to out-Matrix "The Matrix," with bullet-time super-slo mo, are staged with such theatrics that they're unintentionally funny. This movie also has "Blade Runner" on its mind, and Raymond Chandler, but mostly it's a weak little sister to "Sin City."
50
The film provides ample opportunity to attack the MPAA's hypocrisy. Max Payne is a bloodbath, yet it manages a PG-13 rating by keeping the explicitness of the killings just a whisker shy of what would be necessary for an R.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Max Payne, game or movie, has precious little to say.
38
Max Payne couldn't be more appropriately named. Sitting through this stylish-looking but derivative, vacuous and bullet-riddled movie inflicts maximum pain.
38
What kills Max Payne is that the characters think and feel in slow motion. Half the time, mentally, they're just running in place.
30
The Hollywood Reporter
A banal revenge melodrama-cum-detective story, but fans of the video game on which it is based should not be alarmed.
25
It's just a grindingly inert death-wish thriller.
25
If you stay and watch the endless end credits, there's a short scene that hints a sequel is coming. That's what I call real pain.
25
With its flat story, numbed-out protagonist, and faux artistic lighting and set design - everything is dark or moody or darkishly moody or moodily dark - Max Payne seems a good half hour longer than its running time.
20
The story has more holes than a shot-up metal door, the acting feels bored at best, and the intermittent action, while passable, hardly makes up for the downtime.
20
Turning video games into movies may be one way for studios to coax teenagers away from their laptops, but this time around, the results are miserable, in every sense of the word.

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