As much a social and psychological study as a fascinating look at a woman who lived by her own rules.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2014-06-19
It's obvious that Pond and Marcolina can't resist the woman, any more than she can resist yet another heist.
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post, 2014-05-29
A peppy and beguiling portrait of a convict whose defiant streak of independence has a way of outshining her wrongdoing.
Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, 2014-05-27
Who knew that being lied to for 75 minutes could be so agreeable - and revealing?
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 2014-05-27
There is wonderful source material here; it's easy to root for Payne's transgressions. But her story is dying for a multimillion-dollar Hollywood treatment.
Cliff Lee, Globe and Mail, 2014-06-20
Payne's obvious pathology isn't probed as deeply as it should be.
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out, 2014-05-28
The film all too eagerly allows itself to be taken in by Payne's charms, trying to capture her human side via interviews with her two grown children, while all but ignoring the all-too-obvious cautionary aspect in favor of escapist entertainment.
Peter Debruge, Variety, 2014-05-26