Paycheck (2003)

Brilliant computer engineer Michael Jennings routinely has his short term memory erased, so he can't divulge any information about the top secret projects he works on throughout the year. For his most recent gig, he expects to receive… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 25, 2003
DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Dick's short story has an intriguing premise, Woo reduces it to a lot of meaningless chases, shoot-outs, and explosions.

Derek Adams
Time Out

There's a sense of treading water about this movie.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

Neil Norman
London Evening Standard

A rubbish script, terrible acting from all concerned -- including, I regret to say, Uma Thurman -- and Woo's action histrionics uneasily confined to science lab interiors, all conspire to produce a movie of utter redundancy.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

[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.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Woo's stylish touches fall flat in this forgettable project

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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

You may not buy everything about this movie, but you'll likely leave it with a smile.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Though the premise is provocative enough, the execution feels like a host of other violent action-drenched movies.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

This movie just sags, even in the action scenes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Another classic Philip K. Dick story is brought to the big screen only this time its been 'Woo'd'. To be very very honest this is pretty much a… More
Tim Salmons
I had a hard time giving this the rating that I felt it deserved. There ARE some things going for this film. A nice diverse cast of people I generally like… More
Sophie Burgess
Not a fan of Ben Affleck or Uma Thurman at all but what I saw was ok. I like the twists and turns as I tried to figure out what had happened to him. At times it… More
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Matt Goodman
'Paycheck' is a film that simply does not know what it is and simply doesn't care. I say that because despite a promising premise, the audience… More
Conner Rainwater
Another mindless action thriller from John Woo. There is very little energy put into a coherent plot or even one that appears to have a meaning aside from crazy… More