Pacific Rim Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
Del Toro is a dreamer. He's a visionary. If you give him a pile of money to make enormous robots fight enormous monsters at the end of civilization, he will work to make Pacific Rim a movie that makes you feel all the enormousness.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 18, 2013
It is possible to applaud Pacific Rim for the efficacy of its business model while deploring the tale that has been engendered -- long, loud, dark, and very wet. You might as well watch the birth of an elephant.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
July 12, 2013
A ridiculously entertaining (and often just plain ridiculous) monster-robot movie that plays like that "Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots" game from the 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
July 12, 2013
Its visual achievements notwithstanding, Pacific Rim's greatest breakthrough may be that it's the first Hollywood blockbuster to sport a title less descriptive of its plot than of its intended market.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 12, 2013
It's as if Del Toro neuro-linked with a robot and then couldn't figure out how to work the controls -- and so watched impotently as the machine made the major creative decisions.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
July 12, 2013
All the unpredictability of professional wrestling plus the magic of synchronized Stairmasters -- that's what I got out of the vaunted spectacle of Pacific Rim.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 12, 2013
There are long sequences in this movie that merit that most overused of terms: "Awesome."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
July 12, 2013
The fights are well-staged and there's just enough interstitial humanity among boxing matches to keep things from getting monotonous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 12, 2013
Del Toro is reveling in blockbuster clichés at the same time he's pounding them into the pavement, and somehow that self-consciousness lets us all in on the joke.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 11, 2013
After a long cycle of action movies in which the protagonists spend most of their downtime introspecting about their heroic obligations, Pacific Rim is something different: a heart-warming team-building exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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July 11, 2013
Monsters, robots, grand heroism and a few clever jokes: Sounds like a perfect Saturday afternoon to me.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 11, 2013
Pacific Rim's ability to make monster-walloping feel fun again will no doubt make Atlantic Seaboard (or maybe Mediterranean Coastal Region) as inevitable a follow-up as the return of the Kaiju through that pesky underwater portal.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 11, 2013
That humanistic touch is pure del Toro, and it makes all the difference in Pacific Rim, whose own whirring, glowing heart doesn't belong to any machine but to the director himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 11, 2013
My head is still ringing, and hurting, from long stretches of this aliens vs. robots extravaganza that are no better than the worst brain-pounders of the genre.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 11, 2013
Pacific Rim, thank the gods of cinema, is the work of a humanist ready to banish cynicism for compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 11, 2013
Pacific Rim looks great. It's one of the rare 3-D features that probably delivers more in the large-screen, stereoscopic format - severed Kaiju limbs, comin' at ya!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 11, 2013
Inadvertently makes the case that extinction might not be so bad... If this is the best we can do in terms of movies - if something like this can speak to the soul of audiences - maybe we should just turn over the cameras to the alien dinosaurs
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 11, 2013
The movie is an eyeful, especially in 3-D, but even with humans at the helms of the machines, it's a hollow exercise in homage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 11, 2013
It lasts more than two hours. And there is nothing endearing about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 11, 2013
Another marathon of cacophony and cliché.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 11, 2013
It's the perfect summer spectacle, with giant robots pounding on monsters, monsters stomping on cities, and the kind of mayhem that only big theaters with big screens and big sound systems can truly convey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
July 11, 2013
"Pacific Rim" creates its own language and its own mythology, and the result is one gloriously entertaining vision that leaves us in wide-eyed wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
July 11, 2013
For all its expensive grandeur, almost too epic even for the vast canvases of IMAX, Pacific Rim is unmistakably a Del Toro creation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 11, 2013
This is Godzilla meets Transformers, with elements of the lesser Star Wars movies, all awash in thunderously loud, non-stop demolition.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 11, 2013
A titanic sci-fi action fantasy that has been invested, against all expectations, with a heart, a brain, and something approximating a soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
July 11, 2013
Godzilla, eat your heart out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 11, 2013
If you're 10 years old, or just want to feel that way for a couple of hours, "Pacific Rim" provides everything you need except the Twizzlers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 11, 2013
Even if you smirk at the plot conceit of mind-linked humans inside skyscraping robots fighting blockbuster sea beasts, the technical prowess on display can't help but impress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 11, 2013
I was having so much fun I lost track of where the line between good-stupid and bad-stupid might lie.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 11, 2013
Some of those catchphrases are mildly clever. The lab coat mumbo-jumbo is amusing. The noble sentiments touch sweet chords. And who does not delight in seeing a robot punch a dinosaur every now and then - or pretty much constantly for two hours?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 10, 2013
It's big and loud and kind of dumb and predictable. The difference is that, in del Toro's hands, it's meant to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
July 10, 2013
That's exactly what the film feels like: a 48-year-old kid playing with gigantic action figures in the world's most expensive sandbox. Unfortunately, his deep-rooted passion never quite makes the leap from his imagination to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 10, 2013
While the concept isn't original enough to make this an evolutionary leap for the genre, it's a glorious tribute to B-movie fire and fury.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 10, 2013
In a field rife with impostors and poseurs, Del Toro, like his mentors, is the real deal. It's good to have him working his magic again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 10, 2013
It's closer to the hammering "Transformers" aesthetic than expected. Yet the weirdness around the edges saves it from impersonality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 10, 2013
As gripping as watching a Transformer toy battle in a bathtub with a rubber dinosaur.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 10, 2013
You get 45 minutes of awesome encased in 90 minutes of yawnsome.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 10, 2013
You could make another film for half the budget in the time it takes to roll the end credits for CGI imaging. There's stuff to look at, but doesn't anybody care that it doesn't make a word of sense?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
July 10, 2013
Though it's made by an obviously gifted director and will likely please devotees of the genre, it ultimately feels very short on character and long on noise, noise, noise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 9, 2013
The extinction of mankind has loomed again and again over Hollywood blockbusters the past couple of years, though never anywhere near as entertainingly as in "Pacific Rim.''
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 9, 2013
If Del Toro is pitching for an audience of 12-year-old boys (and we do mean boys: this is old-school macho), he's done a bang-up job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 9, 2013
Though everything we see is pure, pleasurable comic-book absurdity, Del Toro somehow lends a plausible humanity to the proceedings, one lacking in most of this summer's city-destroying blockbusters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
July 8, 2013
Pacific Rim is just the kind of big-ticket sci-fi adventure you'd want del Toro to make -- provided you'd want him to make one at all.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
July 8, 2013
A better-and-smarter-than-average humans-vs.-monsters spectacular.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
July 8, 2013
They don't let 14 year-old boys direct multi-million dollar feature films, but somehow Guillermo Del Toro has channeled the interests, attitudes and fears from that mindset with a clarity that far surpasses contemporaries like Michael Bay.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 8, 2013
Whenever the jaegers and the kaiju throw down in Pacific Rim, it's at night in the pouring rain - unless they're both at the bottom of the ocean. What's the point, exactly, of cutting-edge CG monsters filmed in a way where we can barely see them?
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 8, 2013
The squarest, clunkiest and certainly loudest movie of director Guillermo del Toro's career, a crushed-metal orgy that plays like an extended 3D episode of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" on very expensive acid.