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Paycheck Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Maybe Affleck was drawn to this movie because it involves the loss of memory. Who wouldn't want to forget "Gigli," and now this?

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Begins with a thought-provoking idea from Philip K. Dick, exploits it for its action and plot potential, but never really develops it.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The amazing thing about John Woo's steely, impersonal adaptation of Philip K. Dick sci-fi story about a tech genius whose memory is how it vanishes in front of our eyes even as we watch it.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A nifty science-fiction twist on the old amnesia plot where a guy spends most of a movie trying to remember what he did and why everyone is after him.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 14 and under

This movie just sags, even in the action scenes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has extended action violence with guns, chases, kickboxing, explosions, and character deaths. Characters use strong language, smoke, and drink, and there are mild sexual situations.

  • Families can talk about whether there are memories they would like to or be willing to erase. If you, like Michael, wanted to make sure that someone really knew you, what question would you ask?

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Strong female character.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Action violence, guns, explosions. Characters in peril.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Mild sexual situations.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking.