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Pain and Gain


Genre :

Drama, Comedy

Release Date :

April 26, 2013

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Michael Bay

Starring :

The Rock, Mark Wahlberg, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry, Peter Stormare, Bar Paly, Tony Plana, Yolanthe Cabau

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

“..unapologetically vulgar, sometimes quite funny, often stomach-churning bacchanal will surely prove too extreme for great swathes of the multiplex crowd..”
by Scott Foundas [Variety]
4 of 5

“..ultimately a success and probably one of Bay's most accomplished movies to date..”
by JimmyO [Joblo]
3 of 4

“..this isn't great cinema, but it's vastly entertaining in an overblown, in-your-face sort of way. It's funny as hell at times with a twisted sense of humor that one typically expects from the likes of the Coen Brothers and Quentin Tarantino..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..the visual and aural style is as over-hydrauliced as the events of display, resulting in an inevitable feeling of overkill..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
3 of 5

“..it's a tonal nightmare and Bay struggles with that balance from the very beginning of the film. Ultimately, he finds a groove and the film may win you over, but the journey to that point is as bumpy as a muscled arm..”
by Germain Lussier [SlashFilm]
3 of 5

“..is arguably too much of everything - everyone jabbers on incessantly, and the movie is in love with its own outrageousness..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]
2.5 of 4

“..brings fun to the multiplex with its story of knucklehead bodybuilders with pumped-up dreams and 98-pound weakling brains..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]
2.5 of 4

“..a sick joke: skillfully made, genuinely funny and appalling for making light of true horror..”
by Soren Andersen [Seattle Times]
2 of 4

“..a good half-hour is spent in the desperate and supposedly hilarious clean-up of a crime scene, but the endless dumbness, cruelty and frantic reaction from Wahlberg, Mackie and Johnson begins to feel like purgatorial grind..”
by Liam Lacey [Globe and Mail]
Review rate : C

“.."Pain & Gain" brings the pain, but it's difficult to see the gain..”
by Tom Long [Detroit News]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Stephen Whitty [New York Observer]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
Reviewed by Betsy Sharkey [LA Times]

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“..this is one of those movies that's not very good but not so offensively bad that I regret ever seeing it. No doubt, it's also something I probably won't remember in a week..”
by Brian Oliver [The Movieman]


“..like a counterfeit handbag: It looks great but falls apart when you reach into it..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..thoroughly predictable, and despite an original setup, the movie never rouses the emotions..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]


“..the stories are horrifying, but essential to hear..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..a horror movie with an anti-globalist bent that's more interesting than its halfhearted scares..”
by Sara Stewart [New York Post]


“..delivering a highly stylized widescreen revenge picture loaded with weapons and driven entirely by "superficial action"..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]


“..the film isn't particularly convincing either as a rousing anthology of bloodsport set pieces or a deeply felt portrait of revenge and reunion..”
by Vadim Rizov [A.V. Club]

'71 :

“..the hard-charging debut feature from TV director Yann Demange, makes us live every vivid, violent moment with him, the threat of death lurking at every turn..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]


“..undoubtedly a remarkable achievement, especially for a first-time filmmaker..”
by Jordan Hoffman [Film.com]


“..still, "The Lazarus Effect," clocking in at a brief 86 minutes, doesn't go far enough, isn't scary enough and has mad scientists who just aren't mad enough..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]