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John Woo directs the sci-fi action thriller Paycheck, based on a story written by Philip K. Dick in 1953. Waking up with his short-term memory erased, engineer Michael Jennings (Ben Affleck) learns that he has been doing highly secretive work for the last three years in exchange for billions of dollars. But when he tries to get paid, he finds out that he himself had previously exchanged the money for an envelope of random clues to his life. Chased by an FBI agent (Michael C. Hall) and his old boss Rethrick (Aaron Eckhart), Michael uses the clues to find out his identity and prove his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's a sense of treading water about this movie."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"If a movie is going to flout, or at least bend, the laws of the universe, it at least ought to obey its own internal rules."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Woo's stylish touches fall flat in this forgettable project"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Paycheck takes two hours to watch and two minutes to forget."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Most of it is very predictable and so obvious and instantly draws us away from the characters because everything here feels very artificial and very staged."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Without ever quite becoming boring, Paycheck seems to narrow into a routine pattern, and a plot that at first had nuance and the hint of a broader meaning degenerates into chases and standard action."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"[Woo] still has pretty much of a tin ear for American performances, so he lets Affleck doze through the starring role. The film feels as if it has no center."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"This movie just sags, even in the action scenes."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Playful but inconsequential...the interpretation of Dick's intriguing concept is a street which mostly just dead-ends into noisy silliness. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"For those who enjoy a ripper of a good yarn, Paycheck is good value."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"You may not buy everything about this movie, but you'll likely leave it with a smile."
‑ Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Though the premise is provocative enough, the execution feels like a host of other violent action-drenched movies."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"It's not necessarily high brow sci-fi, but it is very accessible to the mainstream eye."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
""Paycheck" is a no-brainer action movie with just enough sci-fi thematic input to keep it spicy."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Some remedial script work is in need, and the characters are far from compelling. But the action is up to scratch and it rattles happily along."
‑ Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
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