Payback (1999)

Porter (Mel Gibson) is pulled into a heist by his old friend, Val (Brian De Palma regular, Gregg Henry). As they're stealing $130,000 in laundered drug money from Chinese Triads, no one is going to call the police. Everything goes… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 5, 1999
DVD Release Date: July 27, 1999
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sadistic violence and rote humor saddle a predictable action premise.

Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies

A solid enough action comedy, albeit one that had a lot of potential to be wittier and darker.

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Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

Payback has its moments and its thrills, but the payoff just isn't there.

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Nick Roddick
Sight and Sound

Both star and director seem to be more interested in playing off perceptions of Gibson's on-screen persona than in actually telling the story, which lurches along from one violent set piece to the next.

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Chuck O'Leary

A tough, entertaining homage to the kind of gritty '70s crime film that long ago gave way to a slicker yet tamer form of action movie ... Both the studio's cut and Helgeland's cut work about equally well.

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Ron Wells
Film Threat

Payback is just Die Hard: Without a Soul.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...tries to be a no-nonsense action thriller, but it's undermined by its own plot silliness and by the unruffled attitude of its main character.

Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews

This is the seediest studio picture I've seen since TO LIVE OR DIE IN LA. Even the theater floor feels stickier while watching this thing unfold.

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Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

The movie squanders its energy on morbid levels of grisly, kinky violence, much of it sexual.

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Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

An intermittently engaging crime thriller that fuses elements of '30s era film noir with '70s era exploitation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Clintus Maximus
Starring a pre-shunned Mel Gibson, Payback is an exciting neo-noir crime thriller brimming with black humor. Mel Gibson's character, Parker is a criminal… More
Alex roy
I've first seen Payback way back when kit was first released, and I thought it was a pretty decent film. Looking back at it over ten years on, I still feel… More
"Not the best thriller I have seen Mel in. But he always does a great job in any role he plays. Revenge flicks are a bit of a favorite of mine. But this… More
Conner Rainwater
This is in my opinion the only way to experience Payback. While there is a director's cut and it isn't all that bad, this is just a way better movie.… More
Phil Hubbs
OK can I just say firstly...Lucy Liu and her character, LOVE it! :D absolutely my kinda woman in every sense hehe Liu is soooo damn gorgeous. Right that's… More
Bethany Murphy
Loved this film! Scary yet at times quite funny. A must see!